Home and Office Environmental Inspections
Building BiologyTM Based New Building Manual
New Building Consultations
Pay for Consultations
Description of All Services and Fees
Oram's List of Recommended Southern California Tradespeople and Fellow Building Biologists & EMF Consultants


Healthy Home and Office Environmental EMF Inspections

Provide a healthy indoor environment for your family and co-workers by identifying and eliminating sources of ill health in the home and office.

While Oram is trained in the evaluation and mitigation of problems with water intrusion, mold, indoor air quality and chemical outgassing and did provide those services in the past, he now focuses exclusively on the evaluation and mitigation of electro-magnetic field (EMF) issues as well as consultations on healthy new construction and remodeling.

Oram has conducted over 4,000 healthy home evaluations both on-site as well as for clients long distance by telephone, Skype, fax and email.

On-site evaluations are available for those living and working in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and throughout Southern California.

Telephone consultations are also available nationwide. Oram works long distance with clients throughout the USA and Canada and as far away as Australia and London, England. We are Skype-enabled, so if you have a webcam, we can do long distance consultations by video conference.

Oram will also travel to your home in other parts of California and in other states. Please contact us to determine what fees are involved and to make arrangements.

On-site EMF inspections can evaluate and mitigate the following types of EMFs typically found in homes and offices:

  • Electric Field Exposure from house wiring, particularly in sleeping areas
  • Magnetic Field Exposure from house wiring, electric motors, transformers, wiring errors, current on the grounding system, and outside overhead powerlines (this last source of magnetic fields, power lines, can not, unfortunately, be shielded against)
  • Radio frequency exposure from cell phones, cordless telephones, handheld tablets, wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) routers, computers, and all the myriad other communication and security devices found in modern homes
  • Electromagnetic Interference, or EMI (also called "dirty electricity") radiating off electric circuits caused by dimmer switches, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), newer variable speed fan motors found in furnaces and kitchen appliances, and many other sources

A healthy home evaluation from Create Healthy Homes can help you:

  • Gain more rest while you sleep by reducing electric, magnetic, radio frequency, and dirty electricity EMF exposure in sleeping areas
  • Identify and reduce household sources of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, "brain fog," memory loss, allergies and insomnia, among other health challenges caused by EMFs
  • Work in conjunction with electricians and plumbers to trace and repair wiring errors and electric current on metal grounding paths
  • Work in conjunction with low-voltage, audio/video contractors to provide workable alternatives that provide hardwired communication networks for telephone, Internet, media and security service without exposing you and your family to potentially harmful radio frequencies from wireless devices
  • Provide healthy wiring protocols to keep EMFs to a minimum in a healthy new or remodeled home or office

Many people report improvement in chronic and acute health problems after the reduction of electromagnetic field exposure in their home, especially in the sleeping area. Sleep is more refreshing and rejuvenating and clients awaken more rested.

Comments from satisfied clients include:

  • "My wife and I have not slept this soundly since we moved in!! Not only do I sleep undisturbed until 6:30 or 7 AM without interruption, but we no longer need our little white noise machine to block out background noise (we have used white noise to help us sleep for 15 years)." -- j.r., North Tustin, California.
  • "I'm sleeping better. I used to wake up 5-7 times a night. Now I wake up maybe once, and sometimes not at all. That's huge. My kids are sleeping so much better. They're not near as agitated. There's an observable difference in their behavior. They don't argue as much and when they do, it doesn't escalate. That's worth it's weight in gold. My husband's sleeping better, too. Seems to be a big difference." -- n.j., Santa Ana, California

For more Comments from Clients, click here.

To schedule an appointment with Oram, please call 310.720.7686 or email

Oram's List of Recommended Southern California Tradespeople and Fellow EMF Consultants

Oram recommends the following tradespeople and fellow EMF consultants to clients in greater Los Angeles and Southern California:

  Electricians, Licensed Contractors, Plumbers

  • Licensed Electrician (also EMF Evaluation and Mitigation): William Holland, Topanga/Greater Los Angeles, of Holland Electrical; (818) 292-1271
  • Licensed Contractor/Electrical/Handyman/Plumber (also EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, General Building Biology Evaluation): Edwin Saks, BBEC, Santa Monica/ Greater Los Angeles, of Saks Construction; (310) 864-2353
  • Licensed Contractor (also EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, General Building Biology Evaluation): Jon Cotham, BBEC, Ojai, of Jon Cotham Construction & Environmental Testing; (805) 208-2598
  • Licensed Electrician (also EMF Evaluation and Mitigation): Stephen Scott, San Francisco/Los Angeles, of EMF Services, Inc.; (562) 237-3905
  • Licensed Electrician: Johnny Angel, El Segundo/Greater Los Angeles, of JA Electrical; (310) 704-5863
  • Plumbing Contractor: Oleg Beloglazov, Reseda (San Fernando Valley), of Best Buy Plumbing; (818) 744-3139
  • Plumbing Contractor: John Wallace, San Fernando Valley, of JJ Wallace Plumbing; (818) 968-5726

  Indoor Air Quality, Chemical Outgassing and Mold Testers

  • Consultations for Safe, Non-toxic Building Materials, Flooring, Paints, Adhesives: Mary Cordaro, BBEC, Greater Los Angeles, of Mary Cordaro, Inc.; (818) 766-1787; Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant
  • Mold, Chemical Outgassing, Radon, Lead, Asbestos Testing: Murray Harreschou, Santa Monica/ Greater Los Angeles; Contact Murray through the office of Mary Cordaro; (818) 766-1787
  • Mold Testing: Mark Levy, BBEC, Greater Los Angeles, of The Mold Guy; (888) 351-9565; Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant and Council Certified Microbial Consultant, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant and Certified Mold Remediation
  • Mold Testing (also EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, General Building Biology Evaluation): Peter Sierck, BBEC, Carlsbad (North County San Diego), of EMF & RF Solutions and Indoor Environmental Surveys; (760) 804-9400; Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant and Council Certified Microbial Consultant, plus numerous other certifications
  • Mold Testing (also EMF Evaluation and Mitigation): Paula Schofield, EMRS, BBP, Palm Desert, of Healthy Home Sanctuary; (760) 610-5000; Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist and Building Biology Practitioner and Council Certified Structural Mold Investigator

  EMF Evaluation and Mitigation by Additional Practitioners in Southern California

For those of you who live in Southern California, Oram provides on site EMF evaluations to clients primarily in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and Orange County, but, he also travels from the Central Coast to Palm Springs, from Bakersfield and Lancaster/Palmdale down to San Diego, and all points in between. (Sorry, no mold testing--see above for mold experts.)

When you cannot get ahold of him, need a second opinion, or want to find someone more local to you for an EMF evaluation, here is a list of fellow building biologists and EMF Consultants in the area whom he recommends:

    Greater Los Angeles

  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation (also Licensed Electrician): William Holland, Topanga/Greater Los Angeles, of Holland Electrical EMF; (818) 292-1271; Completed Beginning and Advanced Building Biology EMF Seminars and Licensed Electrician
  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, General Building Biology Evaluation (also Licensed Contractor/Electrical/Handyman/Plumber): Edwin Saks, BBEC, Santa Monica/ Greater Los Angeles, of; (310) 864-2353; Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant and Licensed Contractor
  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, Electrical Engineer, General Building Biology Evaluation: Larry Gust, EE, BBEC, EMRS, Ventura/ Greater Los Angeles, of Gust Enviro; (805) 644-2008; Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant and Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist
  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, General Building Biology Evaluation: Colin Littlefield, BBEC, Los Angeles, of Primokleen; (800) 455-3365; Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant
  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation (also Licensed Electrician): Stephen Scott, San Francisco/Los Angeles, of EMF Services, Inc.; (562) 237-3905; EMF Mitigator and Licensed Electrician

    San Fernando Valley

    Orange County

  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation: Ryan Barrett, EMRS, Orange County, of Vital Dwellings; (949) 742-4704; Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist
  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation: John Black, EMF Consultant, Tustin/Orange County, of EMF Safety Solutions; (949) 281-7352; Completed Building Biology EMF Seminar

    San Diego

    Palm Springs

    Santa Barbara

    San Luis Obispo/California Central Coast

  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation, General Building Biology Evaluation: Richard Horner, BBEC, EMRS, San Luis Obispo, of EMF Inspect; (408) 621-9162; Certified Building Biology Environmental Inspector and Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist
  • EMF Evaluation and Mitigation: Paul Doyon, EMRS, Santa Cruz, of Electromagnetic Safe Planet; (831) 316-5065; Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist

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Building BiologyTM-Based New Building Manual

Oram has co-written a new building manual on healthy, non-toxic envelope materials in conjunction with George Swanson, BBEC, builder and Building BiologistTM in Austin, Texas and our editor, Wayne Federer in Wisconsin. The manual is available through our website,

For more information on the manual, click here.

You can preview the Table of Contents here.

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Healthy New Building Consultations

If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing one, Oram provides consultation services at the design and construction phase to make your new or remodeled home as healthy and non-toxic as possible.

Americans are used to building homes at a relatively low cost compared to the rest of the industrialized world. Yet they pay more for heating and cooling bills plus higher health care costs. These result from unhealthy indoor air quality, outgassing of toxic building materials and exposure to electric and magnetic fields.

It is wiser to build a healthier home in the first place and save money on fuel bills and health care costs over the life of your home. You enjoy a more comfortable living environment and your home maintains a higher resale value.

We provide protocols for healthy new home and office design and construction based upon the standards set forth by the International Institute for Bau-biologieTM and Ecology.

To get a better understanding of the prinicples promoted by our profession and to help get you started, take a few moments to view a PDF version of the slides presented at Oram's Healthy New Building lecture for an overview on the subject. Just click here. (Wait a few moments for the file to load, as it contains a good number of images.) To view a Text Only version of the same slides, click here.

To read Comments from Clients who are involved in new building and remodeling projects, click here.

We can help you create a chemically-safe, non-toxic, mold-free home that provides:

  • Walls and floors that "breathe," reducing the chance for mold to develop
  • A virtually mold-free basement
  • Walls and foundations that provide thermal mass, which lowers heating and cooling bills
  • Electrical wiring protocols that reduce electric and magnetic field exposure and unhealthy "EMFs"
  • Non-toxic building materials that outgas much less than traditional materials

Walls with thermal mass, called "thick-wall" construction, come in several forms, including":

Each of these methods has been shown to provide low thermal conductivity and high thermal resistance through thermal mass and low air infiltration. This provides the builder with documented savings in construction costs and the homeowner with documented savings in "life-cycle" costs, also known as the "total cost of ownership." This includes heating, cooling and out-of-pocket health care costs.

Any of these thick wall envelope materials are known to pay for themselves in as little as three to five years, according to some manufacturers. Technical white papers have been written by various manufacturers and trade associations that thoroughly document the energy and cost savings of thick wall construction, including:

You can also click here to view a paper on "Indoor Air Quality, Healthy Buildings, and Breathing Walls," written by John F. Straube, Assistant Professor and Research Engineer, Civil Engineering Department and School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, and Vipul Acharya, Vice-president of Durisol Building Systems, Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario.

From the abstract, "This paper reviews the three basic design strategies for IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), and the role of breathing walls. The physics of breathing walls are discussed, and the ways in which such walls can improve IAQ are outlined."

The paper ends by saying, "Supported by calculations and field data, it is concluded that IAQ can be greatly improved by using a holistic approach to building design. Breathing walls made of vapour permeable and highly hygroscopic materials, such as Durisol and strawbales, can enhance IAQ when used in conjunction with other strategies."

For those homeowners and developers interested in knowing more about the use of the Durisol wall form, a table has been compiled that lists comments from four builders around the country who use Durisol in the construction of foundations and above-grade walls. This table also includes comments from Vipul Acharya, Vice-president of the company. Click here to see the table.

You can also use magnesium oxide 4X8 foot sheets for sheathing, wallboard, subfloors and roof decking, imported from China (soon to be manufactured in the US and Mexico). These sheets, or boards, take the place of plywood or OSB (oriented strand board) and have been used extensively throughout Southeast Asia in commercial and residential construction. They are now available in this country.

Magnesium oxide boards are fully "breathable" and possess thermal mass. They do not outgas any toxic fumes and are well-tolerated by the chemically sensitive. These boards are water-, mold-, fire- and insect-resistant. Testing data is available on the website for each company. Dragonboard and MagBoard below have applied for ICC rating for their product.

An excellent review article on magnesium boards appeared in Walls and Ceilings magazine in their November 2007 issue, simply entitled, "MgO Board," by Robert Thomas. To read the article, click here.

These boards are sold as:

These boards can be purchased through George Swanson, an Austin, Texas-based Building Biologist and builder (512-653-8624;; George is an official representative of Dragonboard. Dragonboard sells their boards directly to the public, but George sells them at the same price.

The advantage is that George has experience in installation and the use of these products. George is available to consult with you on the proper use of these materials.

For siding, we recommend natural (not acrylic-based) stucco or HardiePlank. The stuccos we use are fully breathable and are comprised of magnesium phosphate, a durable material abundantly available around the world. The air barriers we recommend are breathable to allow moisture vapor to escape. We cover this natural stucco with mineral silicate paints, such as Keim, as the final layer. Silicate paints penetrate and chemically bond to their substrate rather than just coating it, and they last for more than a century without peeling or cracking. They are immune to damage by the sun's UV light and retain their colors. Buildings in Europe coated with this material still look pristine after one coat was applied over 125 years ago. These paints are also fully breathable, in that they fully resist rainwater molecules from entering but fully allow smaller water vapor molecules to exit the wall, keeping it dry and free of mold. We then recommend natural plasters on the interior of the wall.

Taken together, these materials complete the hygroscopic wall system that we recommend by allowing moisture to slowly diffuse through the wall while keeping rainwater out. Water intrusion experts who do analysis of walls in existing homes for mold infestation, make the statement that conventional walls using a vapor barrier and plastic house wrap have the disadvantage that when (not if) moisture gets into the walls, it cannot get out. These thick wall materials, on the other hand, prevent mold by allowing any moisture that gets into the wall to diffuse out without harm to the material or occupants from mold or moisture. This diffusion and drying takes place within the one to two days needed before mold begins to grow.

George Swanson also offers a full range of magnesium oxide stuccos, joint compounds, grout and mastics. He calls them "Magna-Blends, All Natural Mineral Based Powder Mixes."

These stuccos are also sold by:

Mineral silicate paints are available through:

Finally, you can contact George about his protocol to provide an affordable alternative to cement-bonded wood fiber wall forms for your envelope. George sprays a wood frame with a mixture of magnesium oxide, clay and borax, then uses magnesium oxide boards for both sheathing and wallboard. He fills the cavity with cotton insulation, which dries quickly whenever it becomes wet. An alternative is to fill the cavity with a sprayed-in mixture of magnesium oxide, clay, borax and cellulose. Either way, the result is an affordable, breathable, non-toxic wall that has some degree of thermal mass and resists mold growth.

Consultation Services Available

Oram has actively consulted on more than fifty new residential construction and remodeling projects around the country. Consulations provide healthy design recommendations and construction protocols for new and remodeled homes and residential development projects.

Examples include Le Parisien Flats and Market Place, a five story mixed use condominium project in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Mandala Club, a 90-home residential development in Vero Beach, Florida who's planners are dedicated to building non-toxic, healthy homes for their clients. Oram provided a set of Building BiologyTM-based healthy electrical wiring specs to the developers of Mandala Club that he co-wrote with Spark Burmaster, BBEC, of Chaseburg, Wisconsin.

For more information and to see photos of these and other new building projects, including three single-family homes located in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area, click here. To read Comments from Clients who are involved in new building and remodeling projects, click here.

Consultation services are now available throughout Southern California and nationwide by Oram Miller, BBEC of Create Healthy Homes.

Oram works in conjunction with your architect, builder and sub-contractors to provide recommendations for the following:

  • a healthy building envelope
  • choices of insulation
  • healthy heating and cooling systems
  • passive solar design
  • daylighting
  • healthy flooring
  • non-toxic finishes

A set of electrical wiring specifications to reduce exposure to unhealthy electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) is also provided as an integral part of the new building consultation package.

To view an expanded version of a Prospectus for New Homeowners for clients building a new home that highlights the benefits of using the Building BiologyTM approach, click here. For a summary of the same prospectus, click here. A table of contents is available here.

If you are an architect, builder or developer, an expanded version of a more detailed Builder's Prospectus for members of the building profession is available here. To view a summary of the developer's prospectus, click here. A table of contents can be viewed here.

For a copy of the rate sheet for new building consultation services, click here.

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Pay for Consultations

Payment is expected at the time of service. To pay for my consultation services via PayPal or to use your credit card if you do not have a PayPal account, click on the "Buy Now" button below.

When a page opens from PayPal, enter the agreed upon amount in the "Item price" box on the left under "Your order summary" and click "Update." On the right hand side, if you have a PayPal account, your email address will show up under "Pay with my PayPal account". Type in your password, click "Log in", and follow the prompts to make the payment to me. You will receive an email from PayPal confirming your payment.

If you don't have a PayPal account, you can pay securely using a credit card by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below, and when the PayPal page opens, click on the link on the lower right, "Don't have a PayPal account?". Follow the prompts to send the payment to me using your credit card. It will come to me through my PayPal account. Again, you don't have to open a PayPal account in order to do this. You will receive an email confirming your payment.

Contact me if you have any questions.

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Description of All Services and Fees

(Note: Sliding scale discounts are available for all services for those on a fixed or limited income. Contact Oram to inquire about this discount.)

Create Healthy Homes offers the following services:

  • Full Healthy Home, Apartment, Condo or Office EMF Evaluation

    A full evaluation of electric, magnetic, radio frequency and dirty electricity field exposure.

    Fee $425 (Contact Oram for sliding scale discount for those with budgetary constraints.) Payment is expected at the time of service, in the form of check, cash, PayPal or credit card.

    We begin with a discussion of what EMFs are, where they come from, how they affect health, and what we do about them.

    We then evaluate EMFs throughout the house or apartment from such sources as:

    • Electric current on water pipes and other grounding sources, wiring errors, and power lines, all causing magnetic field EMFs
    • Unshielded plastic-jacketed circuits (Romex) in walls and floors of sleeping areas, causing electric field EMFs
    • Wireless devices, including cordless telephones, routers, computers and tablets, cell phones, smart electric meters, and neighboring cell towers, all of which cause radio frequency EMFs
    • Dimmer switches, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), variable speed furnace motors, front-load washing machines, and computers and printers, all of which cause so-called "dirty electricity" EMFs

    This evaluation is especially helpful for those people with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, "brain fog" and other symptoms of electrical hyper-sensitivity, or EHS. Asymptomatic people who want to maintain good health also benefit. See Comments from Clients for unsolicited reports from those who have experienced improvement in their health with reduction of EMF exposure in their home.

    Practical and cost-effective remedial measures are recommended. The evaluation generally takes a full day to complete.

    Most solutions are implemented at the time of the evaluation, while some may require the services of a qualified electrician, plumber and/or low voltage audio/video contractor. You may need to purchase equipment to provide hardwired solutions for phone, Internet and media connectivity.

    Contact Oram for details at 310.720.7686 or

  • New Home or Condo EMF Inspection and Evaluation

    Fee $300 (Contact Oram for sliding scale discount for those with budgetary constraints.) Payment is expected at the time of service, in the form of check, cash, PayPal or credit card.

    This includes an evaluation of electric, magnetic, radio frequency and dirty electricity field exposure for those who want to move to an existing home, apartment or condo unit. My main concern is to rule out "deal breakers". This includes sources of EMFs that you have no control over and cannot effectively reduce, eliminate or shield against once you move in.

    Deal breakers include magnetic fields entering into the living space from outside overhead (or underground) powerlines. Not all powerlines produce magnetic fields strong enough to be a problem. Each house or condo unit has to be evaluated separately. There is no specific "safe distance" and unfortunately there is no effective shielding against magnetic fields from outside powerlines.

    Another deal breaker is a cell tower located close to the house or apartment building. Again, these have to be evaluated on a case by case basis, but there is effective shielding if the field strength is not too high.

    Another issue is "knob and tube" wiring, found in houses built before the 1940s. Another problem involves certain circuits in walls and floors that are ungrounded and unshielded, such as cloth-wrapped and plastic Romex circuits without ground wires, installed in the 1940s and '50s. These are both deal-breakers in my opinion, unless provisions are made for re-wiring. I explain all this in detail during the evaluation.

    New homes and condos are also evaluted for the types of EMFs that any home will have. These are described above in the description of a "Full Healthy Home, Apartment, Condo or Office EMF Evaluation" and can be mitigated once you take possession. These include wiring errors and "pipe current", electric fields in bedrooms, and radio frequencies from the devices you bring into your new home.

    This evaluation takes up to two hours. Contact Oram for details at 310.720.7686 or

  • Long Distance EMF Consultions for those living outside Southern California.

    Consultations are available long distance by telephone, Skype, and email for those individuals, families and businesses in the US and Canada outside my local travel area of Southern California. I have even assisted clients outside the USA, including Canada, England, France and Australia.

    Fee $425 for full house evaluation, or $125/hour for hourly consultations (Contact Oram for sliding scale discount for those with budgetary constraints.) Payment is expected at the time of service, in the form of PayPal, credit card or pre-paid check.

    For a full house long distance evaluation, the client emails or sends a sketch of the home floor plan and photos. They are encouraged to purchase affordable EMF meters to provide EMF readings under Oram's guidance, in order to help develop a mitigation plan. The initial telephone consultation usually lasts two to three hours, with follow-up by phone and email included in the fee.

    If you have more specific issues that need to be addressed rather than a whole house evaluation, you can pay by the hour at the rate of $125/hour.

    Contact Oram for details at 310.720.7686 or

  • Initial Consultation for Healthy Wiring in New Building Construction and Remodeling

    This service provides an individualized consultation covering healthy wiring in new home and office design and construction, as well as remodeling, all for the purpose of eliminating or reducing potential EMF exposure. The initial consultation lasts two to three hours. The fee includes a report and follow-up questions with the homeowners.

    Fee $500 (Contact Oram for sliding scale discount.) Payment is expected at the time of service, in the form of check, cash, PayPal or credit card. If you are out of state, pay by PayPal, credit card or pre-paid check.

    The initial consultation includes a discussion first with the homeowners to learn their specific needs relative to avoiding EMFs in the new or remodeled home. EMFs are explained, as well as where they come from, how they affect health, and how we avoid them in new construction. Based upon this discussion, a healthy electrical wiring protocol is generated for the clients, architect, builder and electrical contractor.

    After the initial consultation, follow-up on-site and telephone meetings with the clients and their architect, builder and electrical contractor are billed at an hourly rate of $125 per hour. This includes report preparation time.

    This consultation can be provided locally in-person within Southern California. Consultation is also available for any client around the country (or world) long distance by telephone, Skype, email and surface mail. Contact Oram for details at 310.720.7686 or

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This page last updated January 28, 2018.

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