Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines
The Institute of Building Biology and Sustainability (IBN) offers evaluation and testing guidelines for a comprehensive list of indoor environment criteria.
The following areas of consideration are considered:
Fields, waves, and radiation — Includes guidelines for AC electric fields, AC magnetic fields, radio-frequency radiation, static electric fields, static magnetic fields, radioactivity, geological disturbances, sound waves, and light.
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Indoor toxins, pollutants, and indoor climate — Includes guidelines for formaldehyde, solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, particles and fibers, and indoor climate (temperature, humidity, CO2, air ions, air changes, and odors).
Fungi, bacteria, and allergens — Includes guidelines for molds, yeasts, bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens.
The evaluation is not rated by points or pass/ fail, but uses four categories to characterize each individual criteria examined:
No anomaly — Reflects natural conditions.
Slight anomaly — Precautionary remediation recommended.
Severe anomaly — Conditions not acceptable by Building Biology standards; biological and health problems are likely if not remediated.
Extreme anomaly — International guidelines are exceeded; biological and health problems are very likely if not remediated.