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NICOLE & ASSOCIATES BUILDING BIOLOGY CONSULTANCY SERVICES
- Do you suffer from asthma or allergies, insomnia or fatigue?
- Are you pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant?
- Are you constantly tired with no apparent cause?
- Do you get recurrent colds and flu that take forever to go away?
- Are you chemically or electrically sensitive?
- Are you concerned about electromagnetic fields, hormone disrupting chemicals or mould?
- Would you like to build a healthy home?
If you think your house is making you sick, we suggest you buy a copy of Nicole’s book Healthy Home Healthy Family. If after reading the book, you want to go ahead with a home assessment, Nicole & Associates offers the following services:
Healthy home audit $795
This audit takes between 3 and 4 hours and includes an initial interview involving a standardised questionnaire (developed by Nicole as part of her PhD), visual inspection of the site, assessment of electromagnetic fields (AC magnetic fields and radiofrequencies), and identification of potential sources of allergens (including mould) and chemicals (including hormone disrupting chemicals) in the home. This includes a report with a summary of what was found, results of any testing and recommendations. If you do not want anything in writing, the total cost of the audit is $695. Extra charges will be incurred for laboratory tests (chemical sampling, air, surface and dust sampling such as ERMI/HERTSMI) which will be discussed on the day of the audit. Double storey dwellings incur an additional cost of $100. Reports to be used in legal situations (VCAT etc) will incur an additional cost of $295.
Mould testing. $695
This audit takes between 2 and 4 hours and includes an initial interview involving a standardised questionnaire (developed by Nicole as part of her PhD), visual inspection of the site for sources of moisture ingress, moisture mapping of affected areas, and time to conduct any sampling. The report will document the sources of moisture (if found), adverse health effects arising from exposure to a water-damaged building incorporating the latest peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature, a ddiscussion on allergens (apart from mould that escalate in a WDB), and recommendations to address the issues found. Extra costs will be incurred for any laboratory sampling required such as air, surface or dust sampling (ERMI/HERTSMI) which will be discussed at the time of the audit. If you do not want anything in writing, the total cost of the audit is $595. Double storey dwellings incur an additional cost of $100.
Electromagnetic field testing. $695
This audit takes between 2 and 3 hours and includes an initial interview involving a standardised questionnaire (developed by Nicole as part of her PhD), visual inspection of the site and assessment of AC magnetic fields and radiofrequency electromagnetic energy fields affecting the home (from external and internal influences). This includes a detailed report of the sources, adverse health effects associated with exposure to AC magnetic fields and radiofrequencies, levels detected and comparison to exposure standards, and recommendations for the site. If you do not want anything in writing, the total cost of the audit is $595. Double storey dwellings incur an additional cost of $100.
Building a healthy home Package 1: $1495
This audit includes ten hours of work, with a focus on establishing a healthy, low allergy home that has good indoor air quality, low electromagnetic fields especially in key areas like bedrooms, living spaces and study, and preventative strategies to reduce the likelihood of condensation and mould-related problems. Our consultants are experienced in building biology, and bring with them over two decades of experience in the building industry. We’ll be able to work with your architect, draftsmen or building designer to ensure the design meets your needs in relation to the health aspect of the home. After an initial one hour brief to determine your needs, resources, timeline and discussion involving your drawings, the remaining time will be spent analysing and sourcing appropriate building materials within your requirements that do not adversely impact indoor air quality or alter the natural background terrestrial radiation, low in man-made electromagnetic fields and condensation risk, whilst also taking into consideration their sustainability criteria. This will also include ideas on wiring the home, integrated pest management and insulation, as well as furnishing suggestions. This will be documented in a comprehensive report. Should you want more information after the ten hours, the hourly rate is $195. For commercial jobs, please obtain a quote.
Building a healthy home. Package 2: $795
This package is ideal if you have already passed the design stage and the plan is currently with or has been approved by council, and you just want to get an idea on finishes (paints, floor finishes, furnishings). This includes up to five hours of work. The hourly rate after this is $195. For commercial jobs, please obtain a quote.