Live with joy,
in the healthiest space possible
Healthy Home assessments
Indoor spaces can contribute to health events, and impact long-term health. There is a overwhelming amount of information about materials, products, indoor air quality and design issues for occupants to understand. Thus, having an outside specialist conduct a Healthy Home assessment and follow-up consulting provides clarity and prioritizes solutions to your healthier home (and other spaces).
Healthy Home assessments are holistic evaluations (i.e. they look at the complete situation -the site, air flow, quality, contaminants, electric and magnetic fields...). We provide guidance to creating healthier spaces, by identifying practical priorities, answering your questions, and conducting further research (including air sampling and laboratory testing) if needed. We will suggest common-sense, affordable strategies to improve your indoor air quality, reduce your electro-magnetic exposure, use safer products, save energy costs, and prioritize material changes in your home.
We specialize in improving the health of homes (and home-offices, office, childcare centres, retirement homes, second homes and boats!) in order to improve human health. We also conduct workshops and presentations for groups, and consulting about spaces and products (personal care products, cleaners, building materials...).
Anne Stewart, B.A., B.A.Sc., CPHI(C), BBEC
Environmental Health Consulting Inc.,
Our Healthy Home assessments include:
- appraisal of the building envelope (wall systems, moisture intrusion, building materials and construction methods)
- observation and testing of indoor air quality parameters (ventilation, air filtration, temperature variances, humidity, furniture and finish materials, dust and insects, combustion gases, lead, pesticides, VOCs, moisture intrusion, formaldehyde, cleaners, mould, allergens, infection control) as required)
- testing of indoor air quality parameters (ventilation, air filtration, temperature, humidity, combustion gases, water chemistry, moisture)
- optional testing of other parameters as required: dust, insects, allergens, lead, other metals, pesticides, VOCs, moisture intrusion, formaldehyde, cleaners, mould, infection control, radon, extensive water testing
- assessment of lighting & design (natural light, passive solar heating, design for summer cooling, glare, florescent tubes) and testing electric and magnetic fields,
- Practical and common-sense ideas about how to improve space
- Guidance to prioritizing key areas that have the most influence on health
Fees depend on the services required:
- Many clients want a complete assessment of their whole home, looking at all aspects that might influence health. For this type of (holistic) assessment it might take one complete day (and many hours to write a useful comprehensive report) and may cost $1200-1600 depending on the size of the home. Reports are created taking in mind the individual needs of each client (budget, concerns, health). Lab reports (if necessary), and travel time (if outside the City of Toronto/Oakville area) are extra. Some financial accommodation given to persons who suffer from MCS or EH (electrical hypersensitivity).
- A more basic Healthy Home Check Up TM - holistic overview taking about 1 hour on-site, and includes a report, costs $300 Coming Soon
- Some clients only want one specific issue, say, they want their drinking water tested, or a dust sample taken, or an evaluation and explanation of their furnace and filtering system,...costs depend on time taken
- Consulting (either in-person or telephone), working with renovation and/or construction team, evaluating products or materials and/or applications, discussing strategies is $70/hour
- Career in residential property management & renovation & restoration
- Bachelor of Applied Science, Ryerson University, in Environmental Health
- Career in Public Health Inspection, City of Toronto; consulting in homes, home-offices, offices, manufacturing facilities, retirement homes, and childcare centres
- Instructor, International Institute of Building Biology & Ecology; air & water course
- Lecturer/workshop facilitator - schools, universities, associations & groups
Some information about certifications:
Professional national certifying body in Canada, requires a 4-yr Environmental health degree, a 16-week practicum, Certification Board examinations (oral and written), and annual CEUs
Certification of the International Institute of Building Biologie and Ecology (started in Germany under the name Bau-biologie, meaning "Biology of a Home"; started in the USA in 1970's). Consists of a home study correspondence course, 3 5-day seminars, and a final project - takes candidates about 2 yrs.