Home is where the heart is, our place to retreat from our busy world. We initially designed these to protect us from the elements and keep us warm and dry but since the 1950’s our building practices have changed significantly.
There are many elements in a building that can affect our quality of life, our physical health and our emotional wellbeing. Our homes are living organisms and Building Biologist refer to them as our third skin, with clothes being the second.
On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors. An important element in creating a healthy home is recognising that just because a product is common doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe. There is often a misconception that if it’s on a supermarket shelf it has been thoroughly tested. That however is not the reality.
In 2004 the Australian Government Department of Health & Aging produced a booklet called ‘Healthy Homes’ which recognised poor indoor air quality may cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from headaches, tiredness and fatigue to asthma and allergic responses. Some sources of indoor air pollutants are from:
- Building operations and construction materials;
- Household products;
- Various human indoor activities;
- External factors
Working with a Building Biologist gives individuals the tools to create healthy environments and an understanding of how to make better consumer choices. Each day brings fresh opportunities to explore different options and choices to create a home that will support and nourish you today and in the future. Click here my PDF on Seven Simple Steps to Create a Healthier Home.
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