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Building Biology

"Building Biology deals with the study of living organisms in and around the building environment which have direct or indirect effect on the health of the building fabric, its materials, structures, environments and occupants."
Jagjit Singh (1993).

Building biology, bio-house design, biological architecture and ecological building all refer to the construction of a building along the lines of more natural, renewable resources and health of the occupants. In other words buildings become more people-friendly. It aims to establish a balance between technology, culture and biology.

Building Biology also deals with the environment in general and the climate of living. The climate of living can be determined by things such as:

  • Installations and furnishings.
  • Noise and acoustics.
  • Lighting and colours.
  • Radiation, avoiding disturbed areas.
  • Radioactivity.
  • Space, form and proportion.
  • Physiology and psychology of living and working.
  • City planning with biological, ecological and sociological aspects.


Opportunities to work in the building biology industry have been limited in the past, but are expanding, particularly for anyone who can link a consultancy service with complementary services (e.g. an architect, builder or environmental consultant who offers additional consultation services in the area of building biology). Legislation (in some jurisdictions more than others), is leading to increasing significance being given to health issues in the way buildings are constructed.

The study of building biology factors is being included increasingly into relevant courses (e.g. Architecture) in many parts of the developed world.

Different terminology is used by different professionals, from bio-harmonic architecture or healthy buildings to sick building syndrome and building biology. These terms all refer to similar things - the impact of a building on the health of people using it.

If you are interested in learning more about building construction and health, you may like to study the following 100 hour courses:
Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction And Health)
Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment And Health)

Those seeking a higher level of study may wish to consider:
Certificate In Alternative Construction

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