I am now certified as a Building Biologist Practitioner with the International Institute for Building-Biology and Ecology!
The Institute’s mission is “to help create healthy homes, schools, and workplaces, free of toxins in the indoor air and tap water, and electromagnetic pollutants.”
I hold a number of other certifications that can be found here.
My Main Areas of Expertise
Digging deep into the toxins found in building materials to help even the extremely chemically sensitive with new builds and renos. I dig into testing, studies, and patents to find out what the companies aren’t telling us. I test out materials myself, and look to the experience of the most extremely sensitive for guidance.
Attention to building science principles, to make sure your materials are compatible with your moisture management system. No compromises on performance that will lead to mold!
Helping those extremely sensitive to mold and chemicals find safe housing. This may include analyzing photos of homes, choosing healthy locations, choosing healthy trailers or RVs, or help embarking on a mold sabbatical.
What is a Building Biologist?
Individual Building Biologists offer different services, but our aim is always to help you create a healthy home or work environment.
We look at how indoor environments can adversely affect health.
In order to create healthier indoor environments, we focus on building materials, building processes, indoor air quality, and EMFs.
Personally I have chosen not to consult or advise on EMF/EMR.
I do focus more intensely on digging deeper into toxins in materials as well as building science principles to help you prevent mold.
What does a Building Biologist do?
Some Building Biologists do in-home testing. They may come in with various instruments to measure mold, VOCs, and EMF/EMR.
My approach is different. I use an experiential approach. While we will certainly use scientific information that is available to choose safe products and prevent mold, the way that we go through the process includes your body’s reactions.
With the Mold Avoidance approach, pioneered by Erik Johnson and Lisa Petrison, your body will guide you through “unmasking’ and the ability to detect mold and other toxins. This will help you choose safer housing.
My Guiding Philosophy
I use hard science to investigate in detail what companies aren’t telling us about what’s in a product. But your body will ultimately be the lead in your healing.
I don’t believe in the bucket theory, but rather the master toxin theory.
I’ve been closely studying recovery stories for 10 years. The pattern I have seen and experienced is that when we avoid the master toxins (mold certainly being the biggest one but not the only one), that the body will tell you what to avoid in order to heal.
Building for the Extremely (Mold and Chemically) Sensitive
I have assisted with the following areas:
- Choosing non-toxic materials for a new build or renovation
- Building a safe a tiny house, trailer, or emergency structure
- Remediating offgassing, fragrance, and other odors from buildings
- Experience with which materials tend to work best for extremely sensitive individuals
- Selecting non-toxic furniture and mattresses
- Choosing the right water and portable air filter for your home
- Choosing safe RVs and camping gear