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IBE Announces Newest Certification Track

A New Offering for Design and Building Professionals who Prioritize Health and Ecology

The International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology (IBE) is proud to now offer BBNC, a newly formulated holistic design and building certification track. This “Building Biology New-Build Consultant” certification track is designed for professionals who shape our built environment.

A trio of of seminars are at the heart of this certification training: Building Physics, Indoor Environmental Quality for Architects and Builders and Design for Health.

Our BBNC certification program’s unique approach taps into the wisdom garnered by IBE’s environmental consultants from over 30 years of inspecting and remediating buildings that have failed, and have failed to serve their occupants' health. Attendees will learn the Building Biology principles and their practical application for designing and building health-enhancing and ecologically exemplary buildings. This practice is the most comprehensive and holistic approach to the built environment in existence today.

Following a successful debut in 2017, BBNC is now an annual program comprised of three seminars, a permanent part of IBE’s curricula. The 2018 seminar series will be back-to-back trainings, with a one-day break in-between, 02 through 05 December (IBE 214), and o7 through 10 December (IBE 215). The next IBE 213 will be held in March of 2019. These seminars may be taken in any order, toward professional certification, or as individual stand-alone pod(s). Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Successful completion of each seminar conveys 40 Continuing Education Units, approved by AIA (as HSW), ACAC, and InterNACHI.

The Seminars

IBE 213: Building Physics/Building Biology

Instructors: Paula Baker-Laporte and Stephen Collette

This five-day seminar focuses on the science behind the principles of Building Biology. The laws of physics and the dynamics of climate are complex. We work hard to make understanding them easy! You will learn about best-practices for conventional construction and about available alternatives and their potential advantages. You will come away with an enriched sense of the positive role our buildings can play in enhancing our health and planetary ecology along with a roster of design and building strategies that you can immediately apply to your own projects.

IBE 214: Indoor Environmental Quality for Architects and Builders

Instructor: Stephen Collette

This 4-day seminar, focuses on indoor environmental quality based on the Principles of Building Biology. Common place and easily avoidable construction errors damage the health of buildings and their occupants. These failures hold invaluable lessons on how the consequences of our decisions, will impact the health of occupants throughout the life of the building. This course, explains how to apply informed design and building practices to create the most vital and health-promoting built environments possible and avoid the health and environmental failures that are so common in conventional North American building today. Topics include: Electro Magnetic Radiation basics, EMR testing modalities and prevention, Indoor Air Quality assessment parameters, lighting, color, and acoustical design for occupant health and well-being.

IBE 215: Designing and Building for Health and Ecology

Instructors: Paula Baker-Laporte and Andrea Allen Sis

This 4-day seminar is an in depth exploration of the Building Biology design principles and their practical application. You will experience how these principles can be applied to our buildings in order to create environments that deeply nurture human health while stewarding the environment. From family residence to community design, we will explore the dynamic science of Building Biology and its application to modern-day North America. Topics include: Site Selection, Community Design, Climate-based Design, Building Product Evaluation for health, Interior Furnishings & Finishes, and Renovation.

The BBNC seminar series is also a beneficial course for homeowners who have a special interest in creating healthy environments for their family. Consider inviting your clients!

Enjoy beautiful Santa Fe while earning all of your CE Credits. The seminars and lodging will be at IHM Retreat & Conference Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built in 1908, IHM has served as a hotel, a TB sanatorium, a rest and recovery spot for WWII soldiers, a seminary, and now, since 1998, in its current incarnation. It’s located two blocks from Museum Hill, one mile from world-famous Canyon Road, and two miles from historic Santa Fe Plaza. Three gourmet and (of course) healthy meals, featuring regional cuisine, are a daily highlight.

IHM has always extended a warm welcome to our seminar attendees. In this relaxed and uplifting atmosphere many friendships and future collaborations are cemented as richly diverse backgrounds and common interests bring us together from all around the globe.

Instructor Bios

Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, BBNC

Paula is a practicing architect, AIA Fellow and healthy building consultant. Since graduating from The International Institute of Building Biology and Ecology in 1995 she has dedicated her practice to the precepts of environmentally sound and health-enhancing architecture based on the 25 principles of Building Biology. Her firm continues to lead in the fields of healthy natural design and design and consultation for the chemically sensitive.  She has headed her architectural practice based in Santa Fe, and then in Ashland, Oregon since 1986.

Paula has lectured, taught, and published extensively on the topic of healthy and ecological design throughout the USA and Canada. She has been an IBE instructor since. 2007 and along with Stephen, has created the BBNC certification track for Architects and Builders. She is the primary author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 1st, -3rd edition, and is the co-author with her husband Robert Laporte, of EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber, (Gibbs Smith, 2005) and The EcoNest Home, (New Society 2015). She’s a contributing author to several other books.

Together, Paula and her husband Robert have developed the EcoNest® home concept. EcoNest projects have been built throughout North America and 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. Paula has been well published in nationally distributed magazines including Natural Home, Fine Homebuilding, Residential Architect, Organic Style Magazine, Yoga Journal, Inspired House and Ultimate Home. To contact Paula and to view her architectural work, articles, upcoming seminars and lectures visit the website:


Stephen Collette, BBEC, BBNC, LEED AP, CAHP, BSSO

Stephen is a Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant, Building Biology New Building Consultant and Principal of Your Healthy House, based out of Lakefield, ON, Canada. Stephen is a retired straw bale builder, having worked on two dozen straw bale structures across Ontario and Quebec, from small cottages to 13,000 ft2 structures and everything in between. Stephen has an engineering background and became passionate about healthy housing when his family became ill due to exposure to mold. Stephen carries out indoor environmental inspections on houses and other buildings to determine health impactors based on building science and environmental health concerns.

Stephen is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) from Canada Green Building Council. Stephen holds a Building Science Certificate from the University of Toronto and is a certified Building Science Specialist of Ontario. As a consultant Stephen helps people understand and make healthier, more environmentally friendlier building choices. Stephen is an author who lectures across North America on healthy, natural and green buildings. Please visit his website at

Andrea Allen Sis, M.Arch.

Andrea graduated from the University of Nebraska, Master of Architecture program, in 1995.  Her work experiences in the past two decades have ranged from working for architectural firms, to free-lance work in graphic design, web design, and photography, In her volunteer work she has participated in spearheading a program bringing local farmers and community members together in a community supported agricultural program in Eugene, Oregon.

Andrea has always been passionate about finding the healthiest solutions for her own family and after coming to work for EcoNest in 2015, she discovered her zeal for researching building materials and finding ways to make the safest indoor air quality for their clients. Andrea has developed a unique system for vetting the health aspects of new products for the EcoNest specification book, is continually researching the field, maintaining an ever changing database of chemicals and materials to avoid.

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What is Building Biology?

Building Biology® is the science that studies the inter-relationship between life, the living environment and the built environment. Building Biology uses nature as the Gold Standard for a healthy human environment and ultimate model of perpetual ecological regeneration. With nature as our standard, IBE’s coursework goes far beyond “green” as it embraces the entire spectrum from beginning to end, in building for health for humans and the earth.

A Brief History of Building Biology

Building Biology® has its roots in Germany where it was initially formulated in the 1960’s in response to a scourge of building related illness associated with post war construction. This new science of healthy building became known as Bau-Biologie. Since 1987, The International Institute for Building Biology & EcologyÒ has been training environmental consultants in North America to assess and restore indoor environmental quality including electromagnetic radiation issues. The environmental consultant is usually called in when a building is suspected to be the cause of health issues for its occupants. Today this field is unfortunately expanding nearly exponentially.