Gale & Snowden Architects will be representing The Building Biology Association UK at SelfBuild and Design Show at Westpoint Exeter on 13 & 14 September 2014.
Building Biology Association Directors David Gale, Tomas Gartner and Maria Gale will be presenting a seminar entitled “Creating and Maintaining Healthy Homes – A home-user’s guide to designing, building and maintaining healthier homes” at 15:15 on Saturday at the Masterclass area.
Bau biology (or Building Biology) is the study of the holistic interrelationships between humans and their (built) living environment. Today, our living environment is defined by the spaces and buildings we have created for ourselves. Most of us take great care when it comes to what we eat, where our food comes from, what we give to our children, how we keep fit etc., but when it comes to construction unfortunately the focus is only very rarely on the human being, their health or well being. Very often the focus is predominantly cost driven and economic viability, low maintenance costs and short payback periods are typically the key drivers for developments. On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors and 30% of our time in bedrooms. With these exposure times even low concentrations of potentially harmful substances can affect our health in the long term and cause chronic diseases. More vulnerable inhabitants like children and elderly persons are particularly exposed to this risk. Bau Biology is about managing this risk.
The Building Biology Association UK is an educational and research not-for-profit organisation, which has been set up to promote healthy building awareness to the general public as well as the construction industry. The organisation is linked to many similar Healthy Building organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience. The Association is a national organisation, based in Exeter, Devon.
Gale & Snowden Architects, having been pioneering healthy building design for over 20 years in the UK, are the founding members of the Building Biology Association UK, and have become the first Building Biology Consultancy in the UK to be officially accredited by the Institute for Building Biology and Ecology (IBN) in Germany.
This Healthy Homes seminar will provide you with:
- An introduction to Healthy Homes and the Building Biology Association
- An overview of key health risk areas in modern construction
- Key strategies how you can make your home more healthy for you and your family
- A homeuser’s maintenance checklist
- Where you can obtain further information
- What Healthy Building seminar courses are planned for 2015
- The benefits of joining the Building Biology Association
Building Biology Association UK are located at stand A3, near the entrance – see plan below.
More information on Building Biology Association founding member Gale & Snowden Architects can be found here.
The Building Biology Association, Exeter Bank Chambers, 67 High Street, Exeter, EX4 3DT. 01392 279220