Healthy Building San Francisco

Healthy San Francisco Earth Day! We had a lovely, healthy San Francisco (420) day – April 20th!  Our Healthy Building San Francisco Earth Day booth was in the center of Civic Center Plaza with a great view of happy, healthy people AND San Francisco City Hall! See a few Thermal Portraits below… Healthy San Francisco






Green Business Certification

Thursday, 18 April 2013 by
san francisco green business

Green Business Certification This blog covers a few green business certification programs making a real difference in the world. Products are Organic Certified, FSC-certified, Green-Seal Certified, Cradle-to-Cradle Certified, etc.  Then there is LEED Certification and GreenPoint Rating for buildings. But what about a sustainable business certification? I’ll discuss Bay Area and San Francisco green business programs.






Healthy Building Science Ribbon Cutting

Healthy Building Science New San Rafael Office! Early this year we expanded into a larger office in San Rafael, CA. The expansion comes on the heals of a wonderful 2012 and new staff acquisition for lead and asbestos surveys. In attendance at the new office celebration and ribbon cutting were San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips






RoHS Compliant Healthy Appliances

This blog expands on an earlier post about the 25 Principles of Building Biology and the Healthy Home Standard Checklist. Here we’ll dive deeper into the Indoor Air Quality Checklist, and focus on best practices for healthy appliances and building materials. This is part 3 of 3 – IAQ Checklist. Here is what Building Biologists thought were the






Vinyl House

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is one of the pervasive and toxic materials used in the building industry. It is the third-most widely produced plastic, after polyethylene and polypropylene. PVC production is the largest use of chlorine gas in the world. PVC consumes about 40 percent of total chlorine production, or approximately 16 million tons of chlorine






EMF Best Practices

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 by
Demand Switch - Low EMF Best Practice

This is part of the series on the Healthy Home Standard, and this second part about EMR is a follow up from an earlier post (EMF Rules of Thumb). EMF best practices covers low frequency electric and magnetic fields, as well as Radio Frequency (RF) radiation. EMF best practices are intended to reduce exposure to Electromagnetic Fields






HVAC and filtration best practices

HVAC and Filtration Best Practices for Healthy Home This blog expands on an earlier post about the 25 Principles of Building Biology and the Healthy Home Standard Checklist. Here we’ll dive deeper into the Indoor Air Quality Checklist, and focus on best practices for Heating, Cooling and Ventilating a healthy building. “HVAC and Filtration Best Practices for Healthy






EMF Rules of Thumb

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 by
EMF Rules of Thumb

Curious about general best practices for minimizing EMF exposure? This post is an excerpt from the Healthy Home Standard, and it includes many great EMF rules of thumb. This is part of a series about the Healthy Home Standard, and there will be another post on additional EMF best practices. The following EMF rules of






LEED EMF ID Credit Application

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 by
LEED EMF Credit Denied

LEED EMF ID Credit Application The USGBC/LEED recently denied an Innovation in Design (ID) credit application for Magnetic Field (EMF) Reduction. This post includes the official LEED EMF ID Credit Application. The following text is in the traditional formal of an ID credit application and request for a Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR). Unfortunately the USGBC






LEED EMF Credit Denied

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 by
LEED denies EMF credit

EMF LEED Credit Citing the need for more research on human health effects, and questioning long-established Building Biology approaches to minimizing electromagnetic fields (EMF), the USGBC and denied a recent application for a EMF LEED Credit. Healthy Building Science was the LEED for Homes (LEED-H) consultant for two residential properties (CA and NH) that intended






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