The Institute of Building Biology + Sustainability or IBN (Institut für Baubiologie + Nachhaltigkeit) was founded in 1983. It all began with the Working Group Healthy Building + Living back in 1969 out of which the former Institute of Building Biology grew in 1976. Prof. Dr. Anton Schneider, Ph.D., has been the founding director of all three of these institutions.
In September, 2014 the IBN team moved into its new headquarters in Rosenheim where a Building Biology Flagship Project was created. It is the Institute’s mission to provide consumers with objective information and to offer educational programs that promote a holistic, sustainable, and building biology-ecological approach to building. The training of Building Biology Consultants IBN is one of its main areas of focus. The Institute is financially and politically independent.
Our programs and services:
- Educational programs and public outreach
- Research and training in the area of building biology and sustainability
- Building biology consulting services for new construction, renovation, and remediation
- Assessment of building materials, equipment, homes, and properties
- Audits of building specifications, service specifications, building plans…
- Inspections of homes, offices, and properties according to the Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods (SBM)
- Air pollutant and mold analysis
- Providing contact information for building biology consultants, products, and services
- Development of new building materials, building concepts, standards…
– Currently only available in German –
- IBN Sustainable Building and Living Magazine WOHNUNG+GESUNDHEIT
- Books and e-Books on healthy building and renovating, energy and building systems, electrosmog and indoor air pollution, sustainability, etc.
Building Biology Correspondence Course
Currently, the correspondence course is available in the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, and in 2016 also English in an online format. For a first peak at the English online course, please use the guest access at buildingbiology-course.org.
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, 7,000 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. 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 training programs 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-2015 (PDF) gives an overview of the physical, chemical and biological risks encountered in sleeping areas, living spaces, workplaces, and on 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. In addition to this, there are also detailed Building Biology Testing Conditions (PDF) and Questions about the Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods and the Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines (PDF) available.
At this time, we do not offer English-based training for becoming a Building Biology Testing Specialist IBN, but this may change in the future.
Building Biology Guideline Values
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 experience and knowledge of the building biology community and focus on achievability. In addition, scientific studies and other recommendations are also consulted.