Now Certified as a Building Biologist!

Hi everyone,

I am now certified as a Building Biologist 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."

This certification has helped me deepen my knowledge of how we can create homes that will aid in improving the health of their occupants.


I am available for consultations by phone and email and can assist you with the following areas:
  • Choosing zero-VOC materials for a new build or renovation
  • Selecting non-toxic materials best suited to a tiny house
  • Discussing common trouble areas and mistakes made in the build of tiny homes
  • Sourcing special order zero-VOC materials 
  • Remediating a home that is toxic or scented
  • For those wishing to go GreenGuard Gold, selecting conventionally priced materials that are very low in emissions
  • Working with you and your builder by providing ongoing materials selection and sourcing support throughout your build
  • Tips for building a mould-free home
  • Experience with which materials tend to work best for the most sensitive individuals
  • Selecting non-toxic furniture, decor, bedding and other household items for your home
  • Research into the toxicity profile of specific items or materials you are interested in using
  • Choosing the best water filter for your home
  • Buying, customizing or building a less-toxic trailer, camper or RV 
You can also opt for a team approach with a Building Biologist and Engineer to help select the best non-toxic materials that fit the technical needs of your build.

The rate for consultations is $50 per hour. Feel free to email me at corinnesegura[at]gmail.com

7 comments:

  1. Amazing! Congratulations! You are an amazing resource for those on a quest to create healthy housing.

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  2. actually i am searching for blind on google and i found your blog and i have seen this post for blinds which is really nice to see...keep doing well and update with new post...nice post

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  3. Congratulations.
    Do you have a Facebook page?

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    1. Yes! https://www.facebook.com/mychemfreehouse/

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  4. Corinne, I am interested in pursuing a similar career path, based on life circumstances that have made me acutely aware of environmental toxins and true "clean living" for sensitive folks. I have just been building my own forever home for the last year and expect it to be the most nourishing one I have ever lived in.

    I am a bit troubled about the negative perception I have encountered from folks in the 'green' building trades about "building biology". To me, building biology seems a benign and likely helpful resource to offer those performing new construction or renovations, especially if there are already manifested health concerns. However, there was overmuch vitriol in the online exchange about 'snake oil', money-grabbing charlatans, EMF concerns being 'pseudo-science' and that even the 'precautionary principle' was inappropriate unless there is "real evidence". Wow! These are not typical internet trolls, but actually professionals in a paid, whose advice I otherwise have admired for years.

    Other than obviously only working with clients that are open-minded enough to see the value, have you encountered such negativism in your new building biologist capacity, and if so, how have you dealt with such? There is a good deal of 'science' if someone wants to refute point-by-point, but so many have been brainwashed about normalcy (where being exposed to toxins daily is no big deal -- ugh!) it hardly seems a worthy way to expend one's energy.

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi, no I haven't personally come across that directed at me except for one other Building Biologist who sells a specific product that many people don't do well with and I say that. For some reason he went after Building Biologists in general in his podcast and to be careful trusting them. Which I agree with in general, in that you have to know your sources. But he has no additional training like architecture of toxologist or anything else, yet claims to have all the expertise. I have seen Building Biologists who give incorrect building science advice that will lead to mould, so there has to be caution on technical advice. I work with architects and engineers for this side of things. Really there is no perfect degree for what we are trying to do, sure an architect learns a little about LEED, a chemist can analyse some of the ingredients and how they offgas, but there is no single degree for this kind of work. I'm just extremely careful with my sources of where I get my information and that is all I can do. I stick with hard science, what the companies say, a completely justified amount of scepticism on what the companies say, and I spend a lot of time surveying super sensitive folks and how they react to materials and test them out myself too.

      Another major problem in this industry more than Building Biologists being a bit of a nebulous term is that there are insufficient studies on what chemicals offgas from products exactly, for how long and how volatile are they. There is also insufficient disclosures from companies on the additives they use whether technically proprietary or not.

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