Asthma and Buildings

Friday, 10 May 2013 by
Asthma and Buildings

Asthma and Buildings – California and US Trends in Asthma Buildings are too often neglected in the asthma equation. Asthma is sometimes defined as a symptom of poor indoor air quality, and other times defined as a Building Related Illness. This blog references the recently released report, “Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report,” compiled by

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

Lutron Dimmer 2" away

EMF from LED Lights and Recessed LED lights Is there significant amounts of EMF from LED Lights? A designer client of mine had a job she was working on, where her client, a homeowner, was concerned about the magnetic fields in her home.  She was designing a remodel, which included the kitchen, and the designer had

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 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

Carbon Monoxide Facts

Friday, 22 February 2013 by
Carbon Monoxide Facts - CO Kills

Carbon Monoxide Facts Too often we get calls and hear mistruths about carbon monoxide (CO). Here are some carbon monoxide facts and common myths broken down. Carbon Monoxide Myth I can smell carbon monoxide when the furnace is on. Fact CO is actually colorless, tasteless, AND odorless. Because it cannot be noticed without a detector

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Healthy Building Checklists

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 by
Healthy Building Checklists

This is the second in a series of blogs diving deeper into the Healthy Building Rating System’s Healthy Home Standard. There are four healthy building checklists within the Healthy Home Standard: Qualification Checklist, Indoor Air Quality Checklist, Electromagnetic Radiation Checklist, and Water Quality Checklist. This blog reviews the first and perhaps most important  of the

EMF and EMR Conversion Formulas

Monday, 18 February 2013 by
Minimize EMF exposure

How do you convert microwatts per square meter (uW/m2) into microwatts per square centimeter (uW/cm2)?  How many nanoTesla (nT) are in 2.0 milliGauss (mG)?  We’re asked these questions frequently so we’re providing a few common EMF and EMR conversion formulas and conversion charts for your reference. EMF and EMR Allowable Limits “What level of EMF

Mold Testing Petri Dish Impactor

Mold Testing Air Quality Lab Interpretation People with asthma and mold allergies are the first to ask about mold testing. Since their symptoms are primarily respiratory, it is only logical they ask for “air quality testing.” Other individuals looking for peace of mind or suffering much more severe symptoms sometimes also ask for mold testing air

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