After Passivhaus, is Building Biology the next big thing out of Germany?

For eighteen years The Green Register have consistently introduced developments in sustainable construction to a responsive audience of architects, engineers and other professionals looking to create buildings that are better for the environment. In this time, the subject of healthy buildings has rapidly moved up the agenda. The construction industry is gradually recognising that good buildings enhance occupants’ physical and mental health while those which are poorly designed can be negative for well being.

We are delighted to be offering the UK’s first ever half-day series of training on Building Biology and so support members and other practitioners to deliver healthy living environments. Building Biology is the holistic study of the interrelationships between humans and their man-made environment. It is the science of creating healthy, life enhancing buildings.

The Institute of Building Biology and Sustainability was founded in Germany in 1983 and from this the Building Biology Standard (Standard der Baubiologischen Messtechnik / SBM) was developed. This standard (most recently SBM-2015) gives an overview of the physical, chemical and biological, risks encountered in different parts of a building. It offers guidelines on how to: perform specific measurements for other environmental factors such as indoor air quality; measure and evaluate electromagnetic radiation exposure and assess possible health risks.

A number of recent Green Register events have reflected our awareness of the growing relationship between health and sustainable construction and we feel there has never been a more appropriate time to present this course. Buildings today often contain inherent chemical, physiological and biological risks as a result of materials and processes employed by the construction industry in a drive to minimise costs and build times. Simultaneously the UK currently falls behind European and International standards of best practice concerning the use of many materials.

The Green Register’s new half-day Building Biology Series offers a unique opportunity to learn about Building Biology to a level lower than that delivered by the longer, highly regarded and internationally recognised IBN Building Biology Consultant Course run in the UK by the Building Biology Association. Our course is presented by Tomas Gartner one of the experts in the field. Tomas is an architect, certified Building Biologist, founding Director of the Building Biology Association and a Director of Gale & Snowden Architects and Mechanical Engineers.

The Building Biology movement is growing with over 6000 architects, doctors, surveyors, material suppliers etc trained internationally to create interiors which promote life within the built environment. We believe this course will be a fantastic way to gain an in depth understanding of all aspects of healthy building design.

The four sessions running in Bristol in May are as follows:

About the trainer:

The sessions are based on the content of the Building Biology distance learning course and will be delivered by Tomas Gartner. Tomas is a certified Building Biologist IBN and founding Director of the Building Biology Association, the UK Partner of the German Institute for Building Biology IBN. He is also a Director of Gale & Snowden architects, a design led RIBA chartered practice specialising in regenerative architecture and mechanical engineering. In 2013 the practice became the first accredited Building Biology Consultancy in the UK. Over the last few years G&S helped the IBN to bring their distance learning course on healthy building, which they have been running for more than 40 years, to the UK. Tomas leads on the delivery of the IBN Course’s UK seminar programme. He is a regular speaker at the UK Passivhaus conference and Ecobuild, a fully qualified ARB registered Architect, chartered RIBA member and certified Passivhaus Designer

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