Reducing electrosmog according to the Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods is an important feature of any building based on building biology criteria. ELF electromagnetic fields are minimized by implementing the following strategies: Use of zero-halogen and shielded cables and electrical boxes (including a complete upgrade of any pre-existing wiring) as well as selection of […]
The IBN building
In this blog, we document the planning and construction of the new IBN building, which was completed in 2015. The building is a so-called Plusenergiehaus or energy-plus building. Using renewable and mineral-based building materials, it boasts a healthy indoor climate and the lowest possible exposure to electrosmog.
In the beginning, the ring beam was designed to be reinforced by a fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP). Due to the curved shape of the building, some curved parts were required for which no license was available yet. As an alternative, conventional steel reinforcement was used. These steel rods as well as some steel trusses were properly […]
In January, the construction of the new IBN building got underway. We recommend using the 25 Principles of Building Biology, which were developed by the IBN 30 years ago, as a basis and checklist for the holistic assessment or design of buildings. So what could be more natural than to measure the new IBN building by […]
Prior to entering into a purchase agreement and getting started with the first plans, the property and the existing building were surveyed according to the Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods. The pictures show how Johannes Schmidt, a member of the IBN team, takes measurements of, for example, radio-frequency radiation (RF) and radioactivity.Based on the […]
For the new IBN headquarters, we have been looking for a suitable project/property for a long time. In the end, we found the right project in Rosenheim (Upper Bavaria, Germany): a small one-story grocery store, which had been built in 1955 and most recently had been selling beverages. The new IBN headquarters are easily accessible […]
Art derives from skill or knowledge (nosse aut posse), maybe from both; certainly, both great skill and great knowledge are necessary to create art. He who has knowledge but no skills is a theorist; therefore he cannot be trusted with actually making something; he who has skills but no knowledge is a mere craftsman—when both […]