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, 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 businesses on the community page. There are currently over 750 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 27 countries with one 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. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Healthy Building Science is proud to be a Certified B Corp. In 2016, HBS became a California 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). Building Biology has been a popular way to view buildings in Europe for many years and is the most comprehensive way to view the health of a building and its impact on occupants and the environment at large.
One of the strongest organizations promoting green building practices is the United States Green Building Council. The USGBC has been supporting 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).
A Council Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) investigates indoor air quality and building health problems. These professionals have verified knowledge of disciplines related to indoor air quality including HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), building design, microbial issues, industrial hygiene, lead-based paint and asbestos.
CIEs posses verified experience in mold inspection, surface microbial sampling, and airborne 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) investigates microbial issues in the indoor environment. A CMI performs mold inspections, mold testing and bioaerosol sampling, then interprets lab results to help design an effective remediation protocol. Finally, these professionals perform post-remediation sampling to verify the success of a remediation project.
CMIs possess knowledge in disciplines related to mold and microbial investigations and environmental sampling. The certification examinations cover a wide range of bioaerosols and their potential health effects.
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/ Risk 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. Read about Lead on our blog page.
We are thrilled to be 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.
Our professional team provides a full range of Lead & Asbestos Inspection testing services for buildings and homeowners. In house certifications include the following: Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) and CDPH Lead Inspector and Lead Based Paint Risk Assessor (CDPH LI/RA) issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and required by the U.S. EPA AHERA.