25 Principles of Building Biology
25 Principles of Building Biology
Site and Community Design
- Verify that the site is free of naturally-occurring and human-made health hazards.
- Place dwellings so occupants are undisturbed by sources of human-made air, soil, water, noise and electro-pollution.
- Place dwellings in well-planned communities that provide ample access to fresh air, sunshine and nature.
- Plan homes and developments considering the needs of community, families and individuals of all ages.
Electromagnetic Field/Radiation Health
- Provide an abundance of well-balanced natural light and illumination while using color in accordance with nature.
- Minimize building material interference with vital cosmic and terrestrial radiation.
- Adopt appropriate strategies to minimize exposure to harmful Electromagnetic radiation generated as a result of building electrification.
- Adopt appropriate avoidance and shielding strategies to minimize exposure to radio frequency radiation generated by wireless devices within the building and from wireless sources outside the building.
- Avoid use of building materials that have elevated radioactivity levels.
Indoor Air and Water Quality
- Assure low total moisture content and rapid desiccation of wet construction processes in new buildings.
- Provide for ample ventilation.
- All building materials shall be non-toxic with neutral or pleasant natural scents using natural and unadulterated building systems and materials.
- Use appropriate water and moisture exclusion techniques to prevent interior growth of fungi, bacteria and dust mites. Techniques to favor mass flow-through envelope enclosures with high hygric buffering capacity.
- Assure best possible water quality by applying purification technologies if required.
Occupant Health and Well-being
- Allow natural self-regulation of indoor air humidity, sound attenuation and healthy ion balance using hygroscopic (humidity buffering) and sorbent materials and finishes.
- Design for a climatically appropriate balance between thermal insulation and thermal storage capacity.
- Plan for climatically appropriate surface and air temperature.
- Use appropriate thermal radiation strategies for heating buildings including passive solar wherever viable.
- Provide adequate acoustical protection from harmful noise and vibration.
- Utilize physiological and ergonomic knowledge in interior and furniture design.
- Consider proportion, harmonic measure, order and shape in design.
Environmental Protection, Social Responsibility and Energy Efficiency
- Materials and methods of construction shall promote human health and well-being from the extraction of raw materials, through to end-of-building’s life.
- Avoid the use of building materials that deplete irreplaceable natural resources or are being harvested in an unsustainable manner.
- Minimize energy consumption throughout the life of the building utilizing climate-based and energy efficient design, energy and water saving technologies and renewable energy.
- Consider the embodied energy and environmental life cycle costs when choosing all materials used in construction.
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