What is a Biological Home: Building Biology Perspective

When it comes to buying or building a home, many people focus on location, size, and affordability. However the most important thing that affects your life and the lives of your loved ones is the health of every occupant. This is why understanding the concept of a biological home is so important.

Building Biology refers to a home as the “third skin”. A biological home is seen as a living organism that is the interface between ourselves and the rest of the environment.

When designing your ideal home strive for creating an atmosphere similar to what we would find in nature.

????Fresh air: Provide fresh air while eliminating stale air. Proper ventilation and air exchange are crucial to remove contaminants and improve air quality. Use air filters to remove harmful substances and maintain good air quality.

????Good quality light: Use natural light as much as possible and avoid harsh artificial lighting. Think circadian rhythms here.

????Comfortable temperature: Your home should have a comfortable temperature with proper humidity levels, 30-50%. We are not designed to live in AC 24/7, follow the patterns of the seasons.

????Natural building materials: Opt for non-toxic, natural building materials and furnishings. Avoid harmful chemicals as much as possible, they negatively affect the indoor air quality and contribute to an overall sickened microbiome for the home. If constructing a new build, consider working with a building biologist architect, finding synergy with the land and home, building based around the directions of the sun, look into passive solar and natural building materials.

????Clean water: Ensure that the water in your home is free of contaminants and harmful substances. Use water filtration.

????Spiritual well-being: Create a restful environment that supports everyone’s spiritual well-being.

Your home is more than just a financial investment. It is your lungs, and its condition will affect your health. In a world inundated with sick homes, let’s take steps towards bringing back healthy homes. Each step counts.

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