What architects and builders need to know about Building Biology

instructors paula cPaula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, IBE Board Member (since 2015), is co-instructor with Stephen Collette of IBE 213, Building Physics & Building Biology, and co-developer and co-instructor of our Building Biology New-Build Consultant (BBNC) certification and associated IBE 215 Design for Health seminar. She graduated from the University of Toronto, School of Architecture in 1978, and from The Institute of Bau-Biologie and Ecology in 1995. In 2007, she was elected into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. She has headed a wide-ranging architectural practice based in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1986 and now lives and works in Ashland Oregon. She has dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and health-enhancing architecture since 1992, and her firm continues to lead in the fields of healthy and natural design and design and consultation for the chemically sensitive. She was selected as one of our nation’s top 10 green architects in Natural Home’s July/August 2005 edition.

Together with her husband Robert, Paula developed the EcoNest® home concept; EcoNest projects have since been built throughout North America and these projects are featured in several books, including Designing your Natural Home by David Pearson, Green by Design by Angela Dean, Sustainable Residential Interiors by Associates III, and Space Matters by Katherine Cox as well as nationally published magazines including Natural Home, Fine Homebuilding, Residential Architect, Organic Style Magazine, Yoga Journal, Inspired House and Ultimate Home. For photos of Paula’s architectural designs, articles, upcoming seminars and lectures, and to contact Paula, please visit the website: www.econest.com.

Paula is the primary author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 1st,-3rd edition, (New Society Publishers 2008) and co-author with her husband Robert Laporte, of EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber, (Gibbs Smith, 2005). She is a contributing author to several other books.

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