A Bau-biologist is a researcher, architect, engineer, and doctor, all
in one. He or she offers a preventive and healing medicine and a creative and
unifying influence. A Bau-biologist is a worker in the global effort to solve
the problems that come from modem ways of building and settlement planning-ways
that disregard nature and human culture.
To work for a better and more beautiful
world is an extraordinary, necessary, and satisfying job. The goal is:
to regain order and harmony in our surroundings,
" to restore the balance
between nature, our buildings, and ourselves
" to help build bridges for
the realization of a world that is ecologically oriented.
This is a creative
and harmonizing work, and as such, should be carried out without violent conflict.
This goal calls for dynamic, idealistic, and creative people. It calls for people
who appreciate deeper meanings and hold higher aspirations in life. It calls for
people who seek growth and renewal. It calls for people who can stand apart from
the masses and transcend the masses' craving for superficial pleasure.
Bau-biologist must see the holistic relationship of all life. After all, it is
unseeing human beings who cause the problem and who are, themselves, the problem.
Only by seeing and applying the natural laws ourselves will we be able to lead
others out of the labyrinth.
As Bau-biologists, we don't have every answer.
We may not even be able to change very much the present impersonal, economically,
technologically oriented ways of building and living. But let's not worry too
much about that. If we set an example ourselves and give good advice, based on
Bau-biological principles, we will make a difference. Then, from the ethical point
of view, we can be satisfied with our performance to have participated in changing
things to the better hoping that destiny will do the rest.
The IBE Certification programs aim to provide
an introductory level course of study suitable for people from varying backgrounds
who have an interest in the built environment and its effect on the health of
people and the natural environment. The course is not career training in itself,
but is a supplement to the many fields it covers and can complement careers in
Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design, Building, Town planning, Natural
Health and Social Work. It can also suit people coming from a personal point of
view, whether to improve their own health or to build their own home.
courses are intended to challenge and change the way the students live and work
in the world, fostering a respect for living in harmony with the natural environment.
The benefits of such a lifestyle change affect not only the students themselves,
but also their families, the people they work with, and of course the natural
The learning process is relaxed and flexible. It isn't a qualification
to "tick off" but a philosophy to be developed over a lifetime. Whether
students finish the prescribed assignments is less important than if they continue
to learn from people and the world around them, and adopt healthy and sustainable
living into their work and lifestyles.
IBE offers three different certification
tracks in order to meet your needs.
" Building Biology Practitioner (BBP)
Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC)
" Building Biology Environmental
Biology Practitioner (BBP)
In this 2-3 month home study course, learn how
to create a healthy indoor climate with no electro or water pollution through
the use of natural building materials and building systems. There are also companion
seminars to further explain the material.
You will learn what kinds of hazards
a house or office may contain, how to detect them, what to do about them and best
of all how not to cause them. This course benefits home dwellers, as well as architects,
interior designers and other building professionals.
Everyone who is concerned
about the living conditions of the home, workspace and neighborhood can take this
course. It serves private as well as professional needs. There are no special
prerequisites. If a person wishes to build or remodel, they should become informed
about the implications of toxic building materials, over-electrification, unhealthy
heating systems or air-conditioning, etc., and the healthy alternatives.
No experience required
2. Successfully complete Course 101 or Course Series
3. Attend any Level 100 or Level 200 seminar
4. Sign an ethics
5. IBE member in good standing
101 Natural, Healthy Buildings - Overview of Bau-biologie
Healthy Buildings (NHB) is on-line and introduces the Principles of Bau-biologie
. Students will learn what kinds of hazards a house or office may contain, how
to detect them, what to do about them and best of all how not to cause them. This
course benefits home dwellers, as well as architects, interior designers and other
building professionals. Topics include:
" Environmental situation
Bau-biologie and building culture
" Biologically-sound building materials
Construction and building methods
" Heating and thermal insulation
Water and water pollutants
" Air and air pollutants
Resources: Prescriptions for a Healthy House, by Paula Baker Laporte,
et al., The New Natural House Book by David Pearson, Introducing Bau-biologie
videotape, radon and water test kits, and a gaussmeter
Time requirement: 2-3
Prerequisites recommended: None
The IBE will be presenting educational lectures at the upcoming Conscious
Design Conference & Expo
September 28, 29, 30 2007 Parsippany, New Jersey
112 Natural Building Lectures
The IBE 112 Healthy Building Lecture Series
as part of the Conscious Design Expo 2007 qualify for a Level 100 seminar as described
in Requirements #3 above.
" Green homes are designed and constructed to protect
" Building Biology homes are designed and constructed
to protect the environment and to go beyond to protect the occupants
- Sept 28 - Day 1 - Building Biology: Why we need healthy homes?
Sept 29 - Day 2 - Building Biology: What is a healthy home?
Sunday - Sept 30
- Day 3 - Building Biology: Creating a sleeping sanctuary
why do we need healthy homes?
Come listen and learn about Building Biology,
the history, the myths about how modern housing is failing, and why there is such
urgency for Healthy Homes.
is a healthy home?
Learn about the elements in a home that create a healthy
environment and those that don't focusing on the Building Biology Principles.
This lecture will focus on problem identification and alternatives.
a Sleeping Sanctuary
When the body is asleep, it regenerates, it grows, it
recovers; therefore, having a restful sanctuary is essential to a strong immune
system. Learn about the physical energy aspects of electromagnetic radiation that
can interfere with sleep from a Building Biology perspective. This lecture will
include demonstrations of instruments to detect the problems, as well as, basic
techniques for avoidance.
homes is all about choices - from the site selection, to building, to furnishings,
to appliances, to cleaning products - healthy choices at each step can help improve
the quality of the indoor environment. Throughout the series, we will discuss
temperature, humidity, furniture placement, electromagnetic radiation, dust particulates,
ventilation, and building materials. This series is suitable for new construction,
remodeling, redecorating, and folks who just want a healthier home with the focus
on economical, often easy, steps for improvement.
International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology will be presenting 3 lectures,
one each day of the conference. These classes may be enjoyed independently or
as a unit; however, those seeking certification as a Building Biology Practitioner
must attend all three*. Each presentation will conclude with a question and answer
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