Natural FinishesWe may choose the right materials for our homes and offices, but even environmentally sustainable and non-toxic materials are only as safe as their finishes.  Natural surface finishes can have a positive impact on indoor air quality, yet can easily lose their beneficial properties and even become toxic when coated with the wrong products. Similarly, uncoated natural finishes can also pose risks depending on their concentration, amount and frequency of use. Through a comprehensive discussion of best-practices, you will learn to compare products, educate yourself about health risks from various ingredients, and follow the precautions listed in the assessment of finishes.

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Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of fourteen lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

 

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Wall Systems ImageWhen people talk about shelter, they often talk of having a roof over our heads.  Of course, what's holding up that roof is just as important.  In this course, we will explore the history and material characteristics of various contemporary construction mediums. Methods and practices are discussed in the following topics: Light Frame Construction; Concrete Block; Adobe; Cob; Straw Bale; Clay/Straw; Rammed Earth; Aerated Autoclaved Concrete; Pumicrete; and Wood Insulated Concrete Forms (WICF).

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These mediums are examined from several standpoints, including the health and wellbeing of occupants, energy efficiency, social impact, and cradle-to-cradle reusability.

Successful completion of this course conveys 8 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 8 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of twelve lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $54 USD.

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BiologicalBuildingKnowledge and understanding of the primary materials and products used in the building industry will go a long way toward helping you build or evaluate a structure using Bau-Biological principles. As essential prerequisites to constructing biologically sound and environmentally sustainable dwellings, we will focus on topics including selection; preservation; treatment for endurance; fungal, insect, and vermin issues; fire prevention; acoustics; electricity issues; microwave radiation; radioactivity; and a summary of biological characteristics and ethical considerations.

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Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of two lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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Building MaterialsEvery beautiful and environmentally-sound structure is the sum of its many parts. Evaluation of each individual building material is critical in order to arrive at a dwelling that sustains both life and the environment. Topics examined include Structural Materials; Heat Storage; Biological Valuation of Materials; Surface Temperature; Holistic Viewpoint; Hygroscopicity; Moisture Content; Drying Time; Diffusion and Ventilation; Sorption; Regeneration; Toxins; Evaluation of Thermal Insulation; Eco-toxicological Evaluation; Diffusion (Breathing Wall); Thermal Evaluation; and Durability.

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Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). It is comprised of three lessons, and can be read online and/or downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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Building OverviewLearn some of the basic concepts, terminology, and definitions building sciences. Learn to apply specific criteria with which to evaluate the characteristics of structural materials. We will discuss overall design as an essential element in building a Bau-Biologically and ecologically sound structure. Topics include Ecological vs Conventional Building; Vapor; Thermal, Chemical, and Electromagnetic Properties; and Acoustics.

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Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of three lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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FlooringThe floor is where we learn to crawl, and then walk.  It is the literal support upon which we live our lives.  Learn to evaluate the specifics of floor system and floor finishes using the Twenty-five Principles of Building Biology. We will provide a comprehensive overview of floor systems designs and techniques, as well as methods by which to judge various materials against the 25 Principles of Building Biology. Topics include an introduction to and evaluation of floor and sub-floor systems, an assessment of both natural and non-natural floor coverings, and their respective acoustic issues.

 

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Successful completion of this course conveys 8 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 8 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of ten lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $56 USD.

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Types of ConstructionIn this course, you will tour modern-day examples of houses that have been planned and built according to Bau-Biological principles. As there is no such thing as a “standard Bau-Biologie house,” each home will have its own floor plan, materials, and site specifics. We will show how geographical parameters as well as the requirements of those who dwell within come together to create a unique home. In addition, a home designed specifically for the southern hemisphere is included as an addendum, although many of its planning principles translate well to northern hemisphere constructions.

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Successful completion of this course conveys 10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 10 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of eight lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $70 USD.

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