IBE 117 -- Introduction
to Building Biology
Instructor: Paula Baker-Laporte & Stephen Collette
Dates: April 12th to 13th, 2010.
Fees: $350* CDN
Deadline for registration: MONDAY MARCH 22. Additional fees will
apply after this date.
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Bau-biologie, a term coined in Germany, is a word used to describe
a movement promoting the use of healthy building principles as
a means to improve living and work spaces and the health of people
who occupy them. Bau-biologie literally means, "building
biology." Both terms are now used interchangeably and both
have exactly the same definition -"how buildings impact life
and the living environment."
The course we are offering can go towards your full certification
as a Building Biology Practitioner.
IBE 117 -- Introduction to Building Biology
The role of our buildings is to shelter us from climatic extremes
without sacrificing the life-nurturing balance that nature has
perfected over eons. Building biology is both the science and
philosophy that holds nature as the gold standard against which
healthy human-built indoor environments must be measured.
We can sense when an environment feels good to us. Building biology
studies the science that is behind the experience of well being.
The natural environment is a delicate balance of chemical, electrical
and biological energies that has sustained life through the millennia.
Humans, along with all mammals, thrive in natural environments
with temperature variation, humidity range and complexity of colors
and shapes. Understanding the forces that create and maintain
both a stimulating and healthy environment and recreating these
conditions within indoor environments to nurture us is the work
of building biology.
In designing buildings from this perspective, we are also honoring
a deep relationship to planetary ecology. As building biology
teaches: “there is a direct correlation between biological
compatibility and ecological performance.”
This introductory course for builders and designers will cover
the following topics:
• The 25 principles of Building Biology
• 7 green building myths
• Building science-understanding the physics/applying the
• Building biology and the design of buildings
• Building biology and the selection of building systems,
materials and finishes
By completing the IBE 117 Introduction to Building Biology,
you can earn 16 hours towards the Building Biology
Practitioner certificate. For more info, please visit:
Building Biology Practitioner Program. Becoming
a Building Biology Practitioner is the first step of expanding
your message - this provides you with the knowledge to reach out
to others using the Building Biology philosophy of building biologically
and ecologically supportive dwellings, and is a requirement for
all of those who desire to eventually become Building Biology
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