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

Structural Best Practices for Healthy Home

This blog expands on an early post about the 25 Principles of Building Biology and the Healthy Home Standard Checklist. Here we’ll start diving into the Indoor Air Quality Checklist, and focus on structural best practices for healthy home. Like so many things… a solid foundation is so important… and following these best practices for

Antioch College Internship

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 by
Antioch College Internship

Healthy Building Science has officially employed two Antioch College students. I did my first “co-op” in 1996 in a peace camp deep in the heart of Chiapas during the Zapatista uprising. Funny how the circle comes all the way around. Dustin Mapel is an Antioch student currently interning with Healthy Building Science. Antioch has long

Carbon Monoxide Facts

Friday, 22 February 2013 by
Southern Charm Healthy Comfort Dining Room

Carbon Monoxide Facts Are you concerned about possible Carbon Monoxide being present in your home or environment? Below is a list that will help you stay safe. Too often we get calls and hear misinderstandings about carbon monoxide (CO). Here are some carbon monoxide facts and common myths broken down. Carbon Monoxide Myth I can

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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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Healthy Building Rating System

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 by
Healthy Building Rating System

Healthy Building Rating System Is there a “Healthy Building Rating System?”  I asked the same question five years ago, when Healthy Building Science was just getting off the ground. Having been a LEED and “green building” consultant for many years, I knew of several health-related credits in the major green building rating systems. The major

Air Quality and Duct Cleaning

Monday, 11 February 2013 by
NADCA ACR Duct Cleaning Standard

Air quality and duct cleaning are big concerns for some… and big business for others. It seems like every cheap mailer we receive has a scary picture of a rat infested attic and they’re selling duct cleaning services as a way to improve indoor air quality. Is air quality affected by duct cleaning? The simple

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Envelope Commissioning Guidelines

Envelope Commissioning Guidelines and Standards include ASHRAE 202P, NIBS Guideline 3, ASTM E2813, and LEEDv4 Enhanced Commissioning credit requirements. The December 2012 issue of Environmental Building News had a great article, Verifying Performance with Building Enclosure Commissioning, that did a great job outlining the differences between traditional mechanical Commissioning (Cx) (HVAC, lighting controls, plumbing, etc) and Building