On-Site Inspection Services
Kingdom Home Inspection Services uses an extensive three step process of Detection, Correctional Planning, and Consultation to determine what pollutants exist, the source of the pollution, and recommend means to create a more health supporting environment.
Detection begins with a client interview to search for potential correlations between health conditions and building issues. It is used to determine areas for specific focus. Inspection is done using visual observation and specific measuring devices including:
- GigaHertz NFA1000 electric, magnetic field & RF data logger
- GigaHertz HFE59B (27 MHz-2.5 GHz) & HFW59D RF meter
- GigaHertz HFW59D (2.5-10 GHz) RF meter
- Microsurge meters and oscilloscope for MEP analysis
- Rad-Alert radiation detector
- Tiff 8800A combustable gas detector
- Protimeter SurveyMaster moisture meter pin & non-contact
- Buck BioAire non-culturable mold spore trap air sampler
- Anderson N-6 culturable mold sampler & pump
- Laser particle counter for assessing particles in the air
- TO-15 tank assessment for volatile gases and pesticides
- Geo-magnetometer to assess building site Earth magnetism
- Extech psychrometer & IR thermometer
Correctional Planning involves determining the best way to reduce or eliminate the identified pollutants and putting together a plan to do this.
Consultation involves explaining the results of the inspection and testing, recommending an action plan to deal with the sources of pollution, and, if desired, working with your contractors or our recommended contractors to implement the plan. Findings are provided in a written report with detailed explanation of the elements evaluated, the specific findings and the action plan.
What is Building Biology?
Creating Safe Havens in a Toxic, Electromagnetic World
Illnesses and ailments are on the rise. Everyone knows someone who has cancer, depression, sleeping disorders, etc. Allergies have increased; allergists claim 50% of illness is caused or worsened by indoor pollution. Asthma has doubled since 1980, most heavily for kids, while chemical sensitivity has grown to 18% of the population. A troubling portion of the population (estimated at 3-10%) is suffering from electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity and the number of sufferers is rapidly increasing.
We know that if we eat right & think right, and exercise we will have better health and be more resistant to disease. However, we are missing something in this equation. We spend over 90% of our time indoors, and according to EPA, 65% our buildings are polluted by chemical and/or mold. Additionally, we have in the last 15 years compounded the health effects by purposely polluting homes and buildings with man-made electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Principle among these energies are pulsed radio frequency radiations (wifi, cordless phone, cell phone, entertainment system components, games) that were demonstrated at least 30 years ago to be more biologically active than older forms of EMR. Our buildings (homes and offices) are making us sick.
The Good News
Since the 1970’s, beginning in Germany, Building Biology (Bau-biologie) has studied the relationship between buildings and human health. It is the purpose of Building Biology and the Building Biology Consultant to apply this wealth of specialized knowledge to construction, or remediation, of homes and workplaces.
The 25 Principles of Building Biology
Site and Community Design
- Verify that the site is free of naturally occurring health hazards.
- Place dwellings so occupants are undisturbed by sources of man-made air, soil, water, noise and electro-pollution.
- Place dwellings in well-planned communities that provide ample access to fresh air, sunshine and nature.
- Plan homes and developments considering the needs of community, families and individuals of all ages.
Occupant Health and Well-Being
- Use natural and unadulterated building materials.
- Allow natural self-regulation of indoor air humidity using hygroscopic (humidity buffering) building materials.
- Assure low total moisture content and rapid desiccation of wet construction processes in new buildings.
- Design for a climatically appropriate balance between thermal insulation and thermal storage capacity.
- Plan for climatically appropriate surface and air temperature.
- Provide for ample ventilation.
- Use appropriate thermal radiation strategies for heating buildings including passive solar wherever viable.
- Provide an abundance of well-balanced natural light and illumination while using color in accordance with nature.
- Provide adequate acoustical protection from harmful noise and vibration.
- Utilize non-toxic building materials that have neutral or pleasant natural scents.
- Use appropriate water and moisture exclusion techniques to prevent interior growth of fungi, bacteria, dust and allergens.
- Assure best possible potable water quality by applying purification technologies if required.
- Utilize physiological and ergonomic knowledge in interior and furniture design.
- Consider proportion, harmonic measure, order and shape in design.
Natural and Man-Made Electro-Magnetic Radiation Safety
- Minimize indoor interference with vital cosmic and terrestrial radiation and preserve the natural beneficial DC electric field (air ionization) and the DC magnetic field.
- Minimize man-made power system and radio frequency radiation exposure generated from within the building and from outside sources.
- Avoid use of building materials that have elevated radioactivity levels.
Environmental Protection, Social Responsibility and Energy Efficiency
- Construction materials production and building processes shall provide for health and social well-being in every phase of the building’s life-cycle.
- Avoid the use of building materials that deplete irreplaceable natural resources or are being harvested in an unsustainable manner.
- Minimize energy consumption throughout the life of the building utilizing climate-based and energy efficient design, energy and water saving technologies and renewable energy.
- Consider the embodied energy and environmental life cycle costs when choosing all materials used in construction.
By: Paula Baker-Laporte, Christopher Bell, Lawrence Gust, Spark Burmaster for the International Institute for Building Biology® & Ecology
The Building Biology North American Conference
Indoor Environmental Services
Building Biology involves the study of the impact of building environments upon the health of people. Kingdom Home Inspection Services offers on-site services to assess homes and offices for their potential impact on human health, and to recommend corrective actions.
- Electromagnetic Pollution Measurement
- Cellular antennas
- Wireless routes
- Cordless phones
- Other wireless device pollution
- Building wiring Magnetic fields
- Building Wiring Electric Fields
- Microsurge Electrical pollution (aka dirty electricity)
- Source location in preparation for source reduction
Electromagnetic Pollution Reduction and Shielding
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Assessment
- Electromagnetic Radiation Reduction Strategies
- Magnetic Fields
- Electric Fields
- Solution Management
- Radio Frequency Radiation Shielding Design
- Shielding Installation Management
- Volatile Organic Chemical Assessment & Interpretation
- Mold Assessment & Remediation Recommendations
- Visual Assessment plus Lab-based Assessment by:
- Spore Trap Collection
- Culture Plate Collection
- ERMI Assessment
- Dust and Particulate Assessment
- Objectionable Smell Search
- Exterior Drainage Assessment & Recommendations