Environmental Consulting Qualifications and Partnerships
Part of what makes us who we are is our commitment to building partnerships in the community and the desire to continue to learn, grow, and expand our service offerings as environmental consultants. We’re proud of the following Environmental Consulting Qualifications and Partnerships:
Healthy Building Science became a partner in the Building Health Initiative in 2013. The Building Health Initiative is a two-year program by the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter’s in which Northern California industry leaders from multiple sectors have pledged to promote health and wellness.
Healthy Building Science became a Certified B Corp in the Spring of 2013. B Corporations are a new kind of company which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Read the HBS profile here and find other B Corp business on the community page. There are currently over 750 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 27 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corps are important because they inspire all businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. Healthy Building Science is proud to be a Certified B Corp. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. In 2016, HBS became a CA Public Benefit Corporation.
Heathy Building Science is a Certified Bay Area Green Business. What Makes a Business Green? Green Businesses focus on the 3 “R’s” to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle in all of their business practices. Green Businesses use less toxic products providing a more safe and healthy workplace for both employees and customers. Businesses earn a seal of certification from their local city or county by meeting rigorous criteria established by the California Green Business Program. To learn more about becoming a certified green business read about our experience in adopting the policies in our own offices.
Healthy Building Science practices Building Biology in both our Environmental Assessment and Green Building consulting services. Alex Stadtner, the owner and founder of the company is a Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC) and our environmental inspector, Cameron Das, is just about ready to add Building Biologist to his certifications as well. Building Biology has been a popular way to view building in Europe for many years and is the most comprehensive way to view the health of the building and it’s impact on the occupants and the environment at large.
In the United States one of the strongest organizations we have to promote green building practices is the United States Green Building Council. The USGBC has been pushing the agenda since 1993. Today the USGBC includes builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students. Since its unveiling in March 2000, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system has singled out commercial, institutional and residential projects noteworthy for their stellar environmental and health performance in both the United States and abroad. Healthy Building Science proudly adds our name to this membership. Our green building consultants are LEED accredited professionals (LEED AP) with expertise in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) and LEED for Homes (LEED-H).
The Council-certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) investigates indoor air quality problems. For example, a CIE identifies mold and moisture issues during a commercial investigation or a home inspection. These professionals have verified knowledge of disciplines related to indoor air quality, including HVAC, building science, mold and microbial issues, industrial hygiene, lead-based paint and asbestos.
CIEs posses verified experience in microbial sampling, mold inspection or mold testing in one or more of the following settings:
- Offices and commercial buildings
- Industrial structures
- Government facilities
- Schools and public buildings
- Healthcare facilities
- Residential structures
The Council-certified Microbial Investigator (CMI) investigate microbial issues in the indoor environment. For example, a CMI performs mold inspection, mold testing and bioaerosol sampling. A CMI interprets lab results and design an effective remediation protocol. Finally, these professionals perform post-remediation sampling to verify the success of a remediation project.
CMIs possess verified knowledge in disciplines related to mold inspection, microbial investigations and sampling. The certification examinations cover a wide range of bioaerosols and their potential health effects. They also deal with microbial sampling procedures and equipment.
A Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant is required to have 8 years experience consulting on indoor environmental issues including asbestos, lead, HVAC, building science, chemicals, mold and microbial contamination
Healthy Building Science has an Environmental Inspector who is also a Certified Lead Inspector/Assessor from the California Department of Public Health. This certification allows inspectors to assess the degree of total lead hazard in residential or public buildings before, during, and/or after Lead Related Construction (LRC) work. Lead Inspectors/Assessors typically do inspections, take samples, and interpret test results and on occassion our Lead Inspector/Assessor will also write or blog all about Lead
We are thrilled to be among the early adopters of the International Well Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard. Alex Stadtner has successfully earned the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential and HBS has already supported numerous projects pursuing WELL Building Verification Testing.