Our homes and workplaces should be sanctuaries that promote health and harmony in our lives (not illness and unrest), and this is what the science of Building Biology and the “art” of Feng Shui aims to achieve.
Our buildings should support and enhance the health and wellbeing of the people living or working in them, and it’s a Building Biologists job to help make this happen.
Despite the fact that we spend over 90% of our time indoors, it has been estimated that indoor air pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outside, and sometimes as much as 100 times higher. Additionally the US EPA has listed indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental health health risks.
Do you or your family suffer from allergies, asthma, colds, insomnia, fatigue or headaches?
Have you ever noticed health problems improve when you’re not in your home or workplace?
This could very likely be related to the health of your home – your home could be making you and your family sick.
Building Biology is a scientific evidence based practice of assessing and testing to determine the relationship between occupants health and the health of the built environment (home or workplace). Building Biologists don’t assume that if something is able to be sold or be available that it is safe or good for our health, or for the environment. However, this is a common belief in our culture. Building Biologists are professionals trained in identifying health hazards in buildings related to indoor air quality, mould, electromagnetic fields, water quality, building materials and other products we use and much more. Testing and measurement is done using specialised equipment that can determine things such as if external radio frequencies could be impacting you in your home or if there are moisture levels in building materials that could promote the growth of mould, and so much more.
Following the assessment a Building Biologist will aim to educate people around the health problems that indoor hazards could cause, offer simple and realistic solutions to create the healthiest environment possible, with particular focus on anything that could be contributing to existing health problems. Most importantly they empower people to make positive changes around theirs and their families health.
Symptoms that can be associated with indoor toxins and hazards include allergies and asthma, recurring colds and respiratory problems, skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, other neuro-system problems amongst many other things. There is also growing evidence of association to some cancers, fertility problems, thyroid dysfunction, allergies, autism, heart disease and more. Children particularly are very vulnerable to indoor environments due to their developmental stages and inquisitive behaviour, and there has been a huge increase in recent years of childhood allergies and asthma and many other childhood problems.
Kathryn is a qualified Building Biologist with accreditation through the Australian College of Environmental Studies, and a member of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists. Her aim is to help you to make positive changes in your home or workplace in order to live a healthy and happy life. As a Nutritionist Kathryn found that many clients health issues were being caused or exacerbated by problems in the home. Very few health practitioners have a deep understanding of these hazards and the impact they can have on some health conditions. Kathryn chose to become a Building Biologist to gain this deeper understanding that would allow her to look at underlying causes for health problems in a much more holistic way.
Kathryn conducts full audits covering all aspects of Building Biology as well as more targeted audit options including electromagnetic field testing, allergy audits (usually includes a discussions around nutritio), chemical audits, mould testing, water testing which includes a recommendation on the best water filter for you, creating a healthy pre-conception environment (can also include nutrition), pre-purchase or lease inspections, advice on healthy cleaning and personal care products, advice on building or renovating for a healthy home, healthy workplace audits. Kathryn also does talks and workshops around creating healthy homes, and works with companies more broadly around workplace wellness (which usually incorporates overall health, environmental health, lifestyle and nutrition).
Kathryn is a qualified Feng Shui practitioner through the Australian College of Environmental Studies. Feng Shui can also contribute to creating healthy living and work environments, as well as help us achieve our goals. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese method of considering the impact a building has on its occupants and aims to create health, harmony, productivity, prosperity and overall wellbeing. Ideally your home should feel like a sanctuary that uplifts and energies you, and improves your quality of life.
Have you ever walked into a property or room that looks appealing but something doesn’t feel right? Have you ever moved somewhere and experienced misfortune or positive changes to your career, finance, health or your relationships? Its possible these situations are being influenced by the Feng Shui of the property.
Feng Shui looks at the subtle energies throughout the building that create feelings of harmony or disharmony. A Feng Shui audit is very personalised and will focus on the areas of life you and your family want to change such as finance, health, relationships and career.
Traditional Feng Shui (Flying Stars) is about creating good energy flow (Qi) and balance. Its foundations come from Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is believed that everything is made up of Qi or a vibrational frequency (and science has even proved this is true). It is also believed that what you attract into your life is a reflection of your vibrational frequency and personal Qi, as well as the Qi in your surroundings. It therefore also makes sense that our individual vibration can be affected by the vibrations in the landscape surrounding our homes and the layout of our homes.
There are a number of different schools of Feng Shui, as well as some simplified western versions (this is usually what you would read about in magazines). Kathryn practices traditional forms (Flying Stars, Form and Compass Schools) as they are more powerful in changing subtle energies and are able to develop a more individualised understanding and solutions for each home and its occupants. Building Biology is often referred to as Modern Feng Shui. Kathryn incorporate Indoor Environmental Health principals into all Feng Shui audits (and nutrition consultations), in order to uncover the real causes of health and other problems, and therefore deliver a more holistic approach.
Consultations can be done based on individual requirements including full home or workplace audits, renovation or building advice, pre-purchase or pre-rental, or to focus on specific issues around things such as sleep or other areas of health, relationships or finance.