FAQs: Building a Green home, FAQ 23
What makes a green home? This is the million dollar question! Applying Bau-Biological (Building Biology) principles means taking into account a myriad number of details, the foremost of which is the health and well being of a home’s occupants. From types of materials used to building site location, Building Biology stresses details most standard builders miss, for instance communication between inhabitants (as well as the ability to find some peace and seclusion), building a home for multi-generational use, and the home’s place within the larger community structure. For an overview and examples of Bau-Biological principals in practice, check out Applied Baubiologie – IBE 201.4.
How do I build a green home? There are an increasing number of Bau-Biologists trained through the Institute for Bau-Biologie and similar programs around the world that can plan and build a truly green, health-supporting home. However, it is important to have a hand in the construction of your home, and that begins with knowledge. There are a number of critical details which make a home green and safe, including: thermal properties; air movement; moisture movement.For a detailed introduction to Building Biology and an introduction to these important topics, please see our course Building Science Basics – IBE 202.2.
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