Bau-biologie (Building Biology) emerged in Germany due to problems with post-war housing construction. Air conditioning and other new building processes caused building-related illness termed 'sick building syndrome.' People began to realize that buildings can have a dramatic impact on occupant health. The German Bau Biologists develped a system of evaluating buildings and emphasis was placed on the construction of healthy structures. This movement found it's way to the US and today is taught by the non-profit International Institute for Building Biology & Ecology (IBE). The mission of this organization is to "help create healthy homes, schools and workplaces, free of toxics in the indoor air and tapwater, and electromagnetic pollutants." The IBE offers certificate programs for people proficient in mitigating problems with indoor air pollution, EMR, water and construction issues. Certified individuals are able to perform indoor environmental assessments
Healthy Homes Specialist
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) have partnered to offer a Healthy Home Specialists credential. To achieve the credential, a comprehensive exam must be passed on the seven principles of healthy housing, which include keeping homes: Dry, Clean, Pest-Free, Contaminant-Free, Ventilated, Safe, and Maintained. A HHS is able to take a holistic approach to identify and resolve problems that threaten the health and well being of residents.
Master Certified Green Professional
The Certified Green Professional designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes- without driving up the cost of construction. Training leading to the Master CGP provides more in-depth and advanced study of green building science and methods to create high performance homes.
Energy Star Partner
ENERGY STAR was created in 1992 as a joint program of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. This partnership is an opportunity to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy Star delivers the technical information and tools needed to choose energy-efficient solutions and best managment practices. Energy prices are a hot topic and a major concern for consumers. Engery Star offers solutions and a trustworthy label on many product categories for the home and office.
Indoor airPlus Program
The EPA created Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the the growing demand by consumers for improved indoor air quality. By constructiong homes that meet the EPA's stringent specifications, builders can offer homes designed to deliver improved indoor air quality. The rigorous standards were developed to contend with the sharp rise in indoor air pollution. An Indoor airPLUS home must first earn the Energy Star label.