Building Biology is concerned with the influence today's world – the way it is built and the way it is highly equipped with technology – has on our health, both in our private and our professional environment. Summarised in just one word, this field of activity is called environmental analysis. It comprises the professional assessment, evaluation and prevention of risks in interior spaces. These include:
• mould und fungus
• geopathic influences
• artificial light
Nowadays we spend almost 80% of our lives indoors. If we consider how much time we spend asleep (approx. 1/3 of our lives) or at work, it becomes clear that assessing location-bound interference fields is an integral part of a holistic approach in therapy. Both doctors and alternative therapists increasingly detect therapy blockages. In such cases, the co-operation with a building biologist can be very helpful and insightful.
Special attention should be paid to the sleeping area. Our normal biorhythm, if it is not disturbed e.g. by working in shifts, requires sleep at night to facilitate cell regeneration, cell reproduction and detoxification. This involves shutting down the immune system, which means that our protection from external negative influences is slightly decreased.
Having our sleeping area, our workplace, our living space and the entire premises assessed according to the standard of building biology metrology provides clarity.
_Electric and magnetic low-frequency alternating fields (up to 30kHz)
Besides biochemical processes taking place in the human body, there is also an electrical flow of information. The influence exercised by artificially generated fields on the human organism has not yet been researched conclusively, but there is increasing evidence that humans react sensitively to exposure to electric and/or magnetic fields. Every single cell is a charge carrier, it emits radiation of various frequencies and absorbs electromagnetic impulses. Control centres such as the immune, nervous and hormonal system may be subtly disturbed by direct and alternating electric fields. This applies equally to humans, animals and plants.
The exposure to high and low frequency fields is almost omnipresent. The wiring in our houses, flats and workplaces alone exposes us to certain stresses. Alternating electric fields occur as a result of alternating electric voltage in installations, wiring running through walls, other wiring, appliances, plug and distribution sockets with mains connection etc. – and all of this occurs even when appliances are switched off and no electricity flows. Alternating magnetic fields are created as a result of alternating electric currents running through installations, cables, appliances, transformers, motors, coils and lights – when these are switched on.
These fields can be reduced with the help of various measures and without sacrificing any comfort at all.
_Electromagnetic waves, high frequency
High-frequency electromagnetic fields always occur when information is exchanged in a wireless way. Pulsed signals are particularly relevant as far as living organisms are concerned: mobile communication, cordless phones (DECT), WiFi, LTE, microwave, baby monitors, radar, Tetra-BOS and many more.
In the near future, many more mobile communication applications will be found in everyday life, and they will put our health to the test. We should be aware, however, that a good 70 - 80 % of the pollution originates in our own houses, flats and workplaces. These exposures can also be reduced.
MOULD AND FUNGUS
Building shells which are becoming increasingly dense and external walls which are increasingly insulated often prevent a natural air exchange. Mould is not just a nuisance to the eye - and unfortunately you can't always see the mould infestation. In addition to damaging the structure of the building, it may also cause considerable health problems. Spores may trigger a wide variety of symptoms, and above all, they may promote chronic illnesses. In addition, they have an allergenic effect, many are toxic or even carcinogenic. Possible symptoms are headaches, fatigue, allergies, skin rashes, breathing difficulties, irritation of mucous membranes, bronchitis, susceptibility to infections, joint pain, nausea, depression, etc.
There are thousands of species of mould fungi. Not all of them are harmful to humans, but of all the species that prefer to settle in living spaces, a large number are. Mould fungi feed on organic substances: wallpaper, paste, soil, plastic, wood, wool and cotton fabrics, hemp, mattresses, fruit, vegetables, animal excrement, dust, etc. It is especially sick or old people and people with a previous history of illness or a weak immune system who suffer more from moulds and their mycotoxins in living and working environments.
We often discover mould infestation in washing machines or mattresses. In many cases, previous water damages were not repaired professionally, infested surfaces were simply painted over. Mandatory fine cleaning was only carried out with a normal vacuum cleaner (even a Hepa filter is not enough) or it was not carried out at all, and other living spaces were also contaminated.
A dust, contact or room air sample is absolutely necessary in order to determine with certainty which type of mould is present and in which quantities it is present (amount of colony-forming units, CFU).
Many materials, agents and devices of daily use (furniture, hard and soft floor coverings, insulating materials, mattresses, paints and varnishes, wood preservatives) and other building materials release pathogenic substances. And we must not forget that our clothes and even toys contain a large number of hazardous substances.
Biocides (such as lindane, PCP), insecticides, plasticisers (phthalates), formaldehydes, aldehydes, volatile and non-volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bisphenols, PCBs, asbestos, radon and heavy metals, but also the toxic excretions of mites are only a small selection of critical substances encountered in everyday life.
They may be responsible for causing numerous symptoms and illnesses such as allergies, asthma, breathing difficulties, irritation of mucous membranes, headaches, joint pains, mental imbalances, depression, even cancer and many more.
By means of various test and measuring techniques, the building biologist is able to detect all substances in interior spaces and to identify them in cooperation with accredited laboratories.
The earth's surface is not neutral, neither energetically nor biologically. Quite the opposite: It is characterised by the most diverse points, lines, stripes, crossings and veins of the subtlest electromagnetic intensities. The natural radiation field of the earth constitutes the basis for the origin and preservation of all life. Since time immemorial, people have been aware of these geopathic conditions and have known how to interpret and deal with them. Geopathic interference fields are created by water veins, faults and global grids.
The whole range of slight symptoms such as exhaustion despite sufficient sleep, headaches, high blood pressure and severe degenerative, chronic diseases can be an indication that your sleeping area is located above a geopathic interference field. While the effect of geopathic interference fields on humans and animals is discussed controversially in science, our statements are based on years of experience and measuring.
A water vein is an underground water course. The movement of the water may cause a triboelectric effect which may be perceived as an electromagnetic field above these water veins. As water and water-bearing layers of the earth are more conductive, water veins can influence radiation from the earth's interior. In our experience, they may change their position or direction over time.
Faults are irregularities and fractures as well as displacements of the different layers of the earth. Concentrations and attenuations of electric and magnetic fields have been observed through faults.
A global grid is a grid structure containing magnetic features and extending all over the earth, similar to the meridians (Hartmann grid, Benker system). In building biology, there are also grids set off by 45°, and these, too, may possess very subtle magnetic forces (curry grid). The intersections of these nets - even when they cross over each other - may have negative effects on the living organism. According to our experience, intersections should be avoided in the sleeping area.
Without light there is no life. Daylight controls our circadian rhythm, it ensures the production of vitamin D and releases happiness hormones. The spectrum of daylight covers the visibility of 380 - 720 nm. Represented in colours, it can be compared to a rainbow, while graphically, the spectrum represents a harmonic sine wave. The light created by the good old incandescent light bulb resembles daylight very much, and the same goes for halogen light.
The situation is quite different as far as LED and energy-saving lamps and fluorescent tubes are concerned. The spectrum is fissured, it often consists of only 4 colours, which only just produce a kind of white in our brain. Furthermore, these waves flicker, something that we are not able to see consciously. Animals perceive this light as an endless thunderstorm of lightning, as their vision is faster. Still, this kind of light does leave its traces in us, and so it is not really surprising that after 8 hours in the office, our eyes hurt, we feel weak and we often go home with a headache.
The right source of light is often able to create a great relief with little effort.
We as human beings do not possess a sense which enables us to perceive all these parameters connected to risks in interior spaces. In order to make these possible burdens visible, we need building biologists and metrologists working according to the principles of building biology. They are able to show all technical loads in the sleeping area and at the workplace, and to offer measures to reduce these loads. These measures often result in better sleep at night and better concentration at work. Headaches, stress and, above all, tiredness are a thing of the past. Your organism is able once again to do what it should at night, namely to recover and restore your health. And this ability is something which is often disturbed, recovery is only possible to a limited extent.