radioactive granite and quartzite

Radioactive Granite and Quartzite – Risks from Radon A Green Building client of ours is busy selecting interior finishes for their new healthy home. When we get to countertops the inevitable question is asked, “Are there any health concerns about natural radioactive granite and quartzite?” The answer is yes. Some quarries are producing relatively radioactive granite






green building logos

Some Green Building Logos Are Scary… Green Building logos are full of leaves and trees.  Use Google Images (“green building logo”) and that’s just about all you’ll see. It’s overdone. We struggled with these logo concepts when coming up with our new logo. How do you quickly illustrate nature-loving and “green” without a leaf or plant?






healthy building inspections

“Healthy Building Inspections” transitions to “Healthy Building Science” Blogging. I admit this is my first time. It’s hard to know where to begin. The previous few posts were created by our web designer who cut and pasted links from our old site into a few blog entries so the data wasn’t lost. Later this year






easy ways to protect your family

This modified excerpt of free and easy ways to protect your family is from a Building Biology brochure created in conjunction with Melody Chan Graves. We go the extra mile to protect the safety and health of those we love. But many of us don’t realize that there is a world of silent killers and disease-causing agents






green building resources

Green Building Resources – 2011 These green building resources offer free educational materials about Green Building, Healthy Building, and Sustainable Building. These are really all different names for the same thing: “High-Performance Building” Healthy Building Science supports and has relied on these green building resources ourselves, so we are happy to share them with you!






EMF Resources

EMF Resources Electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation are increasingly becoming hot-botton issues. A five-day seminar from the Institute for Building Biology & Ecology (IBE) is where Alex first learned about the health affects from EMF, and how to measure and mitigate EMF in buildings. EMF resources are becoming increasingly common, but good sites are diamonds in






Building Biology Resources – 2011

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The Institute for Building Biology & Ecology (IBE) is truly a remarkable organization. In the 70’s they brought very forward-thinking German design/build/testing protocols to the US. Since then the organization has flourished and many of the top environmental consultants in the country have gone through their training and certification program. There are not too many good Building






Asthma and Allergy Resources It can be challenging to find asthma and allergy resources that are easy to understand and helpful. We often find ourselves in homes with children (and adults) with asthma, and they are unaware of what we consider “the basics” of managing indoor irritants and asthma triggers. Some basic self education is definitely






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