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An Introduction to Building Biology | Interview with Narelle McDonald, Health Living Spaces - Episode 4 (Season 8 - A SIMPLE GUIDE TO A SUSTAINABLE HOME)

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A simple guide to a sustainable home | Podcast Season 8 | Undercover Architect

Creating a sustainable home means one that is energy efficient, functional, low tox, environmentally friendly and supports your health and well-being. 
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So, what is Building Biology? I find many homeowners aren’t aware of this field, and yet it’s been around for a while, and can be a really helpful resource if you’re trying to create a home that supports your health and wellbeing.

There is a lot that is do-able in your existing home, new build or renovation, that often doesn’t cost anymore but simply requires some knowledge and desire to put into practice.


Narelle McDonald is a certified Building Biologist & Feng Shui Consultant the founder of Healthy Living Spaces, President of the Australian Society of Building Biologists, and advisor for Chemfree Community.

Her focus is on environmental health for the home with a special interest in children’s wellbeing.

There are many elements in a building that can affect quality of life, physical health and emotional wellbeing. Improving our health in all aspects of our life is important as everything is interrelated. Building Biologists have long been aware of this and consider our homes our third skin because of this connection.

Narelle is passionate about providing education and empowerment to those she works with to bring about positive lasting changes. Creating healthy buildings, conscious consumers and bringing balance and harmony.

Narelle believes by combining both the science of Building Biology and the ancient art of Feng Shui this holistic approach enables us to create amazing spaces to flourish in.

Some of the topics we discuss are:

  1. What Building Biology is.
  2. Some key mistakes homeowners make when renovating or building that can impact their own health and the quality of their home’s environment.
  3. How to work with a Building Biologist and find one that’s reputable.
  4. What are the simple ways to improve your home’s ability to support your health, whether building or renovating - that anyone can achieve.
  5. Some useful resources to learn more about Building Biology for your home.

I often find homeowners can get super scared about this information … EMFs (or Electro Magnetic Fields), VOCs (or Volatile Organic Compounds), toxic substances etc. Narelle has some fantastic knowledge to share on how you, as an informed homeowner, can deal with this and educate yourself.

This is about you being empowered as you create your sustainable home. Listen to Narelle’s actionable advice now.


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