The Institut für Baubiologie + Nachhaltigkeit (Institute of Building Biology + Sustainability) was founded in 1983. The IBN grew out of the work of the “Arbeitsgruppe Gesundes Bauen + Wohnen” (Work Group Healthy Building + Living) since 1969 and the former “Institute of Building Biology” since 1976. Prof. Dr. Anton Schneider, Ph.D., was and is the founding director of all three institutions.
It is the institute´s mission to present its clients with objective information and to offer a holistic approach to building biology and in its teaching. The institute is economically and politically independent. In addition to the IBN, a non-profit foundation was established in 1996 to promote a healthy, ecologically and socially responsible living environment. It is called “Stiftung Baubiologie-Architektur-Umweltmedizin” (Foundation of Building Biology -Architecture-Environmental Medicine).
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- Activities and Services
- Education and Public Relations
- Research and training of Building Biology & Ecology
- Building Biology Consulting for New Buildings, Renovations, and Remediations
- Assessment of Building Materials, Equipment, Homes, Properties, Job Descriptions, Building Costs, Designs, etc.
- Inspection of Homes, Offices, and Properties according to the “Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods”
- Pollutant Analysis
- Expert´s Reports on Building Materials, Equipment, Homes, etc.
- Exchange of Contact Addresses
- Assistance with the Establishing of Eco Villages
- Development of New Building Materials, Building Concepts, Standards, etc.
(At the moment available in German only.)
- Wohnung + Gesundheit (Home + Health) – Journal for Ecological Building and Living.
- Publication List “Gesunde Wohnumwelt” (Healthy Living Environment)” – Healthy Living Series, books and videos on building materials and building methods in new an old homes, sick building syndrome, electrosmog, radiation, noise, living climate, heating, finishes, ecologically and socially responsible housing, environmental medicine, clay and timber construction, solar architecture, waste water recycling, etc.
Correspondence Course “Building Biology”
Currently, the course is available in the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese and in a few months also in an updated English version. For further information, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The one-year correspondence course “Building Biology” is certified by the Accreditation Agency of Continuing Studies in Germany. Since its inception in 1977, 6000 architects, civil engineers, tradespeople, medical doctors, naturopaths and other individuals with a genuine interest in building biology and ecology have taken the course so far. Research seminars on “Building Biology Testing Methods” and “Structural Theory” complete the course of studies. All graduates have the opportunity to stay informed about the latest developments in building biology and to expand their knowledge in new areas with our annual supplementary information. Continued studies in “Building Biology Testing Methods” allow successful graduates to perform inspections of homes, workplaces, and properties according to the “Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods”.
Building Biology Standard
The Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods SBM (PDF) gives an overview of the physical, chemical and biological risks encountered in sleeping areas, living spaces, workplaces and properties. It offers guidelines on how to perform specific measurements and assess possible health risks. All testing results, testing instruments and procedures are documented in a final written report. In case potential problems are identified, an effective remediation strategy is developed.
Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines
The Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines (PDF) are based on the precautionary principle. They are specifically designed for sleeping areas associated with long-term risks and a most sensitive window of opportunity for regeneration. They are based on the building biology experience and knowledge and focus on achievability. In addition, scientific studies and other recommendations are also consulted.