A legitimate question, to which we want to answer from a medical point of view, through the words of Dr. Orlando Schiappa, a specialist in Hygiene and Environmental Medicine applied to bio-ecological architecture.
“The benefits of choosing natural materials and techniques coming from plant origin, compared to those of synthesis (petrochemicals) coming from the traditional construction sector, are many and all of great value for human health. First of all, the significant reduction in sources of internal pollution, but also the strong energy saving and respect for the environment. All aimed at privileging the quality of life and the psycho-physical well-being of Man and Nature. ”
Too often in fact, one hears about “in-door” and “out-door” pollution, but without much awareness.
In this, Dr. Schiappa helps us again: “In-door pollution, the one that undermines the” health of the home “, is caused by substances released from closed spaces (rooms, offices, industries) such as micro powders and dust from the use of vacuum cleaners, all sorts of sprays, steam irons, radiators and stoves, electromagnetic fields caused by cell phones and computers.
Their effects have a short and long-term impact on human health conditions with the starting of respiratory, cardiovascular and psychological disorders. Out-door pollution sources, on the other hand, are emissions of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, which are known to be hazardous to the exposure level (monitoring units), as well as fine particulates and dust.
Medical Research has been able to deepen its analysis in the field of pneumological and cardiovascular diseases thanks to Bioarchitecture, identifying in pollution a major cause of the diseases above mentioned.”
“Practical advice that can be provided to the citizen,” explains Dr. Schiappa, focuses on the choice of areas rich in natural resources, such as water and green areas and the use of bio-materials such as wood, insulating panels, waterproof sheaths, electrical systems that follow walls and disconnectors, wall-mounted heating. ”
However, what if damage has already been done? What are the practical remedies for those who have built their own home with traditional materials and would now like to improve their health?
“If a home has already been built with traditional materials,” Schiappa continues, “restructuring through the use of eco-compatible materials and techniques also brings benefits to reducing sources of internal and external pollution, energy consumption. All for a better quality of life and respect for the environment. ”
Better go bio, then. In addition, you can get to know your home more than you imagined: to know which environments are most susceptible to in-door pollution, a home-based analysis is conducted by a team of bio-specialists (geologists, architects, engineers, doctors, psychologists) who, by virtue of their expertise, identify the areas, the home and the environment in which they are emetting pollutants.
When we talk about Bioarchitecture, therefore, we are also talking about “prevention”, for ourselves and the universe around us.