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The Institute for Building Biology & Ecology is now the Building Biology Institute. We’ve rolled out new online courses, certifications. and tons of free information, downloads, and videos. Come see what we’ve been up to!

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Electromagnetic Radiation Seminar

We encourage you to consider enrolling in our EMR Seminar for 2017 (25 through 29 September), now in its 30th year! Our co-instructors and teaching assistants are passionately devoted to sending highly trained alumni into the public arena, bringing both … Continue reading


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Enzymes used in cleaning products and food ‘are potent allergens’, warns study

Genetically modified enzymes used in food, perfumes, medicine and cleaning products are “potent allergens” and should be tested like other potentially hazardous chemicals, experts have said. There has been an explosion in the use of enzymes to boost flavours and … Continue reading

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Industrial air pollution leaves magnetic waste in the brain

By Michael Price Sep. 5, 2016 , 3:00 PM If you live in an urban environment, chances are you’ve got nanomagnets on the brain—literally. New research suggests that most magnetite found in the human brain, a magnetic iron oxide compound, … Continue reading

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Air pollution can harm blood vessels of even healthy, young adults

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 — Even young, healthy adults can suffer blood vessel damage from air pollution, a new study finds. Periodic exposure to fine particulate matter — tiny pollutants from cars, factories, power plants and fires — isn’t a … Continue reading

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Do You Have a “Smart” Meter?

Truckee, California (near Lake Tahoe) is unique in that its utility company (Truckee Donner PUD) uses all three types of electrical meter systems: Analog, AMR and AMI (“smart” meters). During a recent visit, I made several short videos of each … Continue reading

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The Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Your Household Dust

From U.S. News comes this article on toxins lurking in household dust. Whether you’re vigilant or lackadaisical (or somewhere in between) when it comes to cleaning your home, there’s something you should know: The dust lurking under your bed or … Continue reading

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Toxic chemicals in household dust linked to cancer and infertility

Scientists find scores of harmful chemicals in indoor dust including phthalates linked to developmental problems in babies Household dust harbours a cocktail of toxic chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of a range of health hazards, from … Continue reading

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These are the best houseplants to improve indoor air quality, study finds

If you’re looking to improve the quality of air in your home, potted plants are a good place to start. But not all indoor plants are created equal. A new study has found that certain varieties actually do more than … Continue reading

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Update on Berkeley’s Cellphone “Right to Know” Law: Court hearing September 13

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on September 13 to consider the CTIA’s arguments why the preliminary injunction to block the City of Berkeley’s cellphone “right to know” ordinance should be reinstated. The law has been … Continue reading

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