After World War II, many new building materials and mechanical equipment (especially air conditioning) changed the way we built. In so doing, a rash of building related illnesses and sick building syndromes affected many unsuspecting victims. For the first time people began to realize, on a large scale, that buildings have a direct impact on occupant health.
Developed in Germany as “Bau-Biologie,” this new approach to evaluating buildings and designing healthy structures was continually improved and eventually brought to the United States in the 1970s. Now Building Biology is being taught by the International Institute of Building Biology & Ecology, a non-profit educational organization based out of Florida. In addition to courses in Building Science and Environmental Testing, this is the only organization in the US currently offering certificate programs for people demonstrating proficiency in quantifying and mitigating problems associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs or EMR).
Building Biology consulting falls into two primary camps: