Saturday, February 16, 2008

Exploring Baubiologie~

I first heard about the term "Baubiologe" two years ago when one of our clients was going to attend a related seminar in Santa Fe, but I never paid much attention to it until recently. What exactly is Baubiologie? This is a German term which literally means "building biology", describing a movement to promote the use of healthy building principles as a means to improve living and work environments, as well as the health of people who occupy them. After studying the 25 principles by Dr. Anton Schneider recently, I find it very closely related to what Jwall has been stressing on in a wider spectrum. Below are some of the principles keynoted:

1) Indoor air and unadulterated building materials shall be regulated naturally.
2) Walls, floors and ceilings shall be diffusible and hygroscopic (Noted: According to
Merriam-Webster, hygroscopicity means Readily absorbing and retaining moisture under some conditions of humidity and temperature.
3) Air pollutant needs to be filtered and purified.
4) The total moisture content of a new building shall be low and dry out quickly.
5) A building shall have a pleasant or neutral smell. No toxins shall outgas.
6) Light, lighting and color shall be in accord with natural conditions.
7) Protective measures against noise pollution as well as infrasonic and ultrasonic vibrations need to be human oriented.
8) Only building materials with little or preferably no radioactivity shall be used.

More principles can be read from the site Institut für Baubiologie + Oekologie Neubeurn

It's really nice to find a term which describes what I have been talking for the past year~ Baubiologie...sounds cool isn't it?

PS: When a good architecture is done with heart and soul like Frank Llyod Wright's Fallingwater, "architecture was a great inclusive agency through which humankind adapted the environment to human needs and, reciprocally, attuned human life to its cosmos; amid continual changes architecture could keep human life more natural and nature more humane." Quoted from Edgar Kaufman's - Fallingwater: A Frank Llyod Wright Country House, 1986; P.31

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