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Microbiome and the Design of Buildings

Posted on June 25, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

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Air Quality is becoming an important factor for many individuals. Those who design buildings are also taking into consideration how important air quality has become for the population. We have many micro biomes on our body, in our body and around us. The bacteria that we have helps us fight and deal with pollutants that we encounter everyday inside buildings and in our homes. Having a deeper understanding of micro biomes and how our organism deals with pollution can help those design better buildings.

An article by Fast Code Design talks about how architecture can play a key role in pin pointing which types of bacteria are good for our health. The article states, “We can design buildings to influence the types of bacteria. Instead of just sterilizing the environment, we’ll actually manage our buildings in a more sensible way.” By doing so, architects can design buildings with natural or mechanical ventilation to cultivate certain types of bacteria communities, which in the long run can help fight indoor pollutants. The human micro biome has been in the news lately as researchers have began to unravel and study how the design of a room influences microbiome.  The LEED system has current certifications for green buildings that sustain better indoor environment for people and energy efficiency. What are your thoughts on microbiomes and the design of buildings based on human microbiomes. Can it help indoor air quality? Let us know what your opinion is. You may also watch an indoor air quality video based on this topic by the Indoor Air Quality Association.

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