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Why Choose Building BiologyTM?
Introducing Building BiologyTM
Bio for Oram Miller, BBEC
Complimentary to Sustainable Design
Compatible with Ancient Traditions

 

Why Choose Building BiologyTM?

We spend an average of 90% of each day inside buildings. The EPA has determined that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. This is due to the build up of outgassed vapors from toxic paint, carpeting, cabinetry, and vinyl flooring; from mold; and from unhealthy positive ions, all in airtight buildings that don't breathe.

A building that "breathes" has a regular exchange of stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. It also allows excess water vapor in indoor air to be transported outside right through hygroscopic wall materials that allow moisture to slowly pass through without any loss of thermal performance.

All the thick-wall building materials recommended by Building BiologyTM meet these criteria. When a house does not breathe, then "Sick building syndrome" is the result.

Likewise, common electrical wiring practices create unhealthy electric and magnetic field (EMF) exposure for occupants in most modern houses, disallowing the body from settling down to deep, restful Stage Four sleep at night. This prevents the normal healthy nighttime spike in melatonin production by the pineal gland in the brain. EMFs cause other problems, as well.

All of these influences contribute to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies, chemical sensitivities, and even cancer, and they make it more difficult for people to respond to health care modalities.

People who have a Building BiologyTM healthy home evaluation, on the other hand, report improvements in their health when these sources of indoor ill health are identified and removed. Click here to see Comments from Clients.

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Introducing Building BiologyTM

Building BiologyTM began over thirty years ago in Germany as "Bau-biologie"TM in response to the decline in health caused by the rapid rise of toxic, improperly constructed buildings in post WWII Europe. The founders of the profession created alternative design and construction practices to reverse this trend.

Helmut Ziehe, a German architect and Bau-biologist, established the International Institute for Bau-biologieTM and Ecology (IBE) in Clearwater, Florida in 1987. Oram received his certification from this Institute.

Members of the building biology profession in North America mourn the passing of our dear founder, Helmut, who passed away in January 2013 from complications of a stroke. To read a tribute to Helmut and his great contributions to the field of healthy homes written by Oram and published on the Healthy Home Dream Team blog of fellow building biologists, Ron and Lisa Beres, click here.

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Bio for Oram Miller, BBEC

Oram Miller, BBEC provides on-site home and office evaluation services to residents and businesses in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas of California. He also provides his services to clients nationwide by telephone, fax and email.

Oram moved to California from Minnesota in January 2010. He was based in Minneapolis from 2005 through 2009 where he provided evaluations throughout the upper Mid-West.

Oram received his certification as a Building BiologyTM Environmental Consultant (BBEC) from the International Institute for Bau-biologieTM and Ecology. Oram's training included assessment and mitigation of unhealthy electric and magnetic field exposure, indoor air quality, mold, and chemical outgassing.

Oram also consults on the design, building and remodeling of healthy homes and offices in southern California and throughout the country. Besides providing information on wall and foundation materials and protocols as taught by builder and building biologist George Swanson of Austin, Texas, Oram also recommends a healthy electrical wiring protocol to create reduced EMF (electro-magnetic field) exposure. To view building projects that Oram has consulted on, click here.

Since moving to California in January 2010, Oram has become involved with several green building and networking organizations in the LA area. These include Green Business Networking of Santa Monica, the Westside Holistic Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, the Westside Health Practitioners Group of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Bioneers, and the Mind Body Spirit Business Network of Orange County.

Oram also served on the Conference Planning Committee of the International Institute for Bau-biologieTM and Ecology for the past two conferences, held in Tucson in 2011 and Washington, DC in 2012. Oram was Chairman of the Planning Committee for the 2012 Conference. Information, including DVDs of presentations at the latest conference, can be obtained here.

Oram is also an Assistant Instructor for the July 2012 IBE Electromagnetic Radiation 212 Seminar in Chicago, a five-day intensive class for students to learn the EMF evaluation and mitigation protocols of the Building Biology profession. He also serves as a Building Biology Student Mentor.

Oram writes and lectures on health and the built environment, including the presentation of numerous lectures and workshops throughout Southern California. These have included presentations at the Conscious Life Expo at the LAX Hilton, The Gateway in West Los Angeles, Grassroots Natural Market & Kitchen in South Pasadena, Mother's Market in Costa Mesa, Anaheim Hills, and Santa Ana, the Living Temple Bookstore in Huntington Beach, and libraries in Glendale, Pasadena, Tustin and Huntington Beach. Oram has also presented at various health clinics in the area, including Be The Change Energy Center in Woodland Hills, and Know Your Options and Southland Spine and Rehabilitation Medical Center, both in Costa Mesa.

Oram has also been a guest presenter three years in a row on the weekly Designs for Health national conference call to over one hundred health care practitioners, called Clinical Rounds Interviews. He has also been interviewed on Dr. Howard Liebowitz's Talk Radio Podcast, "Hormones Spoken Here".

While in Minnesota, Oram presented to members of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), as well as to architectural students at the University of Minnesota College of Design. He also presented healthy home lectures at the State of Minnesota's Living Green Expo and the Eco-Experience at the Minnesota State Fair. Oram was a panelist at the annual conference of the International Institute for Bau-biologieTM and Ecology in April 2008. He has also spoken at numerous healthy living expos and green building meetings throughout the years.

Prior to moving to California, Oram was active in several organizations in The Twin Cities dedicated to green, healthy construction. These included the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the US Green Building Council, the Committee on the Environment (COTE) of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Minnesota ASHRAE Sustainable Design Committee (MASDeC), and the Minnesota Building Green Alliance. Oram was a member of the Technical Committee of the Minnesota GreenStar Program. He also founded and moderated a monthly study group in the Twin Cities, the Midwest Building Ecology Coalition, that presents speakers on topics of healthy buildings and sustainable living.

In 2007, the organizers of the Minnesota GreenStar Program asked Oram to submit a healthy electrical wiring protocol as part of their guidelines to help remodelers and builders provide green new and remodelled homes in the state of Minnesota. The wiring guidelines are based upon protocols developed by Oram's colleague and mentor, Spark Burmaster, EE, BBEC of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin.

Oram is co-author of a manual entitled, "Breathing Walls," promoting the Building BiologyTM approach to healthy new home construction and remodeling. The manual is based upon the work of builder and building biologist George Swanson of Austin, Texas, who is co-author. The manual is edited by Wayne Federer.

Finally, Oram has also served on the board of directors of two non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities. The first is Northland Sustainable Solutions that produces the local Northland Bioneers Conference. Oram was co-producer of the 2009 conference, which was held on October 24-25, 2009 at the University of Minnesota.

The second is the board of Tapestry Folkdance Center, where Oram enjoyed weekly Contra dancing while living in Minnesota. He now continues Contra dancing with the California Dance Co-op of Los Angeles and he has participated in dances at The Living Tradition in Orange County. (To see Oram having fun at a Contra dance weekend in April 2010 up at Mt. Baldy, click here for a brief YouTube video. He is the tall fellow initially on the left with glasses and dark hair in a poneytail. Then if you want to see how much fun Contra dancing can really be, click here to see eight minutes of pure bliss and some of the finest Contra dancing we have ever seen as folks enjoy a night out in Carrboro, North Carolina. Dozens of experienced dancers are rhythmically spinning to a great live band and the joint is jumpin'! Watch the intricate patterns that are so fun to follow and see why we love this so much!)

Click here to see photos from Oram's going away party in January 2010 in Minneapolis. You will also see farewell comments from colleagues and clients upon Oram's move to California.

For those of you living in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, you can view a list of local practicing building bioligists by clicking here.

You can contact Oram at 310.720.7686 or info@createhealthyhomes.com.

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Complimentary to Sustainable Design

The approaches of Building BiologyTM fully support and compliment the principles of sustainability and the use of renewable resources. In fact, the Building BiologyTM profession predates the modern sustainable architecture movement and is fully based upon the same priniciples of stewardship and intelligent use of our dwindling natural resources.

This committment can be seen in the 25 Principles of Bau-biologieTM, written many decades ago, before the birth of the "Green" building movement.

Building BiologyTM only differs from "Green" building in a few important ways, most notably our recommendation of breathable walls rather than the use of vapor barriers, and in some of our recommendations against such energy-saving electrical devices as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and the use of charge invertors to convert DC electricity generated by wind and solar panels to AC electricity.

Both devices create significant radio frequencies that bother many electrically-sensitive people. Alternatives to these health hazards are covered in detail in the electrical wiring section of our new building protocol, and discussed in Articles, Part 3, "Electrical and Magnetic Fields in the Home and Office."

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Compatible with Ancient Traditions

Building BiologyTM is compatible with ancient building practices, including ancient India's Staphatya Veda (Vastu) and Feng Shui from ancient China.

We can help you design buildings that have proper Feng Shui and proper Vastu while being sustainabile and health-promoting.
 
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This page last updated August 7, 2014.

 

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