SBM 2015: Building Biology Standards

Environmental Effects on Health

The Building Biologists look at environmental effects on health when putting together their evaluation guidelines.

The important SBM Building Biology Standards, updated for 2015 have been translated and are available in the UK here.

At Beneficial Environments we use these standards when surveying and designing low electrosmog environments.

One area that is important in reducing the environmental effects on health is where you sleep.

The Building Biology evaluation guidelines for ‘sleeping areas’ looks at:

  • Fields, Waves and Radiation
  • Indoor Toxins, Pollutants and Indoor Climate
  • Fungi, Bacteria and Allergens

and uses a guiding principle that any risk reduction is worth aiming at.

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Environmental Effects on Health

Under Fields, Waves and Radiation it gives levels of fields, body voltage, flux densities, power densities, surface potentials, discharge times, radon levels and other measurements which are categorised as No Anomaly, Slight Anomaly, Severe Anomaly and Extreme Anomaly.

No Anomaly is the category which provides the highest degree of precaution. It reflects the unexposed natural conditions or the common and nearly inevitable background level of our modern living environment. Extreme Anomaly is the category (values) which call for immediate and rigorous action. In this category international guidelines and recommendations for public and occupational exposures may be reached or even exceeded.

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