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Healthy Buildings II - Building Environment & Health
Healthy Buildings II - Building Environment & Health 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Healthy Buildings II - Building Environment & Health
Building Environment & Health Online Course
Develops skills to evaluate, describe and explain how physical characteristics of a building and its surrounds have an impact on human health
This course builds on Healthy Buildings I, but can also stand alone as it covers such topics as impact and the macro-environment.
The course covers how weather systems and garden design influences the internal environment of a house, health aspects of different furnishings, paints, pesticides and chemicals (and alternatives), alternative methods of pest control, managing building surrounds and interior environments.
Lesson Structure: Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300
There are 8 lessons:
1 Environmental Impacts On Buildings
- Scope, nature and principles of building biology
- Environmental impacts on buildings
- Climate, building location, radon, air quality, allergies, temperature, humidity, light, EMR
- Creation of electric fields
- Air pollutants
- Cleaning chemicals
- Chemical breakdowns
- Leakages and spills
- Pesticides -household, industrial, agricultural
- Solid Waste pollutants
- Persistent organic polutants (POP’s)
- Heavy Metals
- Where different chemicals originate in a building
3 Building Surrounds
- Creating a buffer zone
- Windbreaks, hedges, screens
- Creating Shade
- Designing a healthy home garden
- Going natural in the garden
- Avoiding problem materials
- Disposing of waste
- Making compost
- Working with rather than against nature
- Energy conservation
- Solar House Design
- Green principles for house design
- Gas appliances, heaters and fireplaces
- Materials characteristics
- Floor Coverings
- Flame retardation treatments
- Dry cleaning and mothballing
- Temperature and acoustic properties of fabrics
- Chemical reactions
- Lung disease, cancer, skin disease
- Timber finishes against decay
- Varnishes and oils
6 Pesticides & Alternatives
- Types of insecticides -inorganic and biological (organophosphates, carbamates etc)
- Miticides, Bacteriacides, Algaecides, Termite treatments
- Understanding pesticide characteristics -toxicity, persistence, volatility, etc
- Common chemicals used in buildings, and natural alternatives
- Common garden chemicals and natural pest/weed management
- Understanding Insect Pest Management options
7 Managing Interior Environments
- Assessing air quality
- Temperature control
- Domestic pets
- Indoor Plants
- Othyer hazards
- Services that can be offered to a client
- Checklist of building hazards
- Procedures and business practice for a consultant
- Setting up costs
- Operating a business
- Developing a business plan
- Determining fees to charge
Learning Goals:Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300
- Explain the impact of the macro-environment (location) on health
- Develop an understanding of chemicals used in and around buildings and their impact upon human health
- Explain the impact of building surrounds, including a garden on the interior environmental conditions
- Choose interior furnishings that are not likely to damage human health
- Explain the health implications of using different types of finishes, including sealers, paints, preservatives and stains
- Explain the health implications of using alternative methods of pest control in buildings and adjacent gardens
- Plan health-conscious management systems for interior environments
- To develop an appreciation of the opportunities for, and implications of, advising people on the health status of buildings and recommending changes to the management of their use
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Explain how proximity to different bodies of water can affect human health, including:
- Freshwater lakes
- Ground water.
- Explain how different aspects of prevailing weather patterns may influence house design in different regions, including:
- day length.
- Explain in a summary, how proximity to electromagnetic radiation may impact on health.
- Explain in a summary, how proximity to different types of pollution can impact on health inside a dwelling.
- Compare the impact of different garden treatments upon temperature inside buildings, including:
- tall trees
- mulched surfaces
- climbers on walls.
- Explain how different garden design decisions can affect ventilation in a house, including:
- earth shaping
- water features.
- Compare the affect different garden components on light inside a building, including:
- Plant types
- How plants are grouped
- Explain how the visual characteristics of two different gardens influence the inside environment of a building.
- Analyse two different gardens for the impact they have on buildings they surround.
- Compare health aspects of different materials used for furnishings including:
- Compare health aspects of different floor coverings including:
- Explain health aspects of different electrical appliances including:
- Evaluate the furnishings in a building inspected by the learner, to determine recommended changes to improve building habitability.
- Compare the health affects of different types of finishes including: sealers, paints, stains, preservatives and varnishes.
- Compile a resource directory of ten sources of healthy alternatives to traditional finishes.
- Describe the characteristics of three different specific products which are healthy alternatives to traditional paints and finishes.
- Explain the toxic affects of ten different pesticides commonly used in buildings, both during and after construction.
- List alternative “healthier” methods of controlling pests in buildings, including:
- Develop a detailed pest control strategy for a building, in the learners locality, which includes:
- structural treatments during and post construction
- preventative measures for anticipated problems
- eradication measures for existing problems.
- Explain issues of building usage which can impact on health with respect to different factors including:
- number of people
- windows and doors
- Analyse the way two specific buildings including a home and a workplace are used; to determine health risk factors in that use.
- Recommend guidelines to the way in which different buildings, including an office, and a workplace, are used, to minimise negative impacts upon health.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
Excerpt From The Course
The use of various finishing products around the home or office can have drastic implications for our health.
Many people would acknowledge that paints and other similar petrochemical based finishes have the potential to be harmful. They may not however, realise the extent of damage that these types of products are capable of, or that all paints, even water based paints can be detrimental to the health of those exposed to them.
The level of health risk posed can vary quite considerably from feelings of lethargy to a higher susceptibility to head colds, and extreme cases the development of asthmatic symptoms. Painters, above everyone else, are most at risk. They often develop a tolerance to the harsher smelling chemicals and in so doing are ignoring a basic warning mechanism of the human body: that of smell. The health risks for those exposed for long periods to organic solvents such as paint vapours are of considerable concern.
Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and silicosis are all diseases of the lungs which can be brought about from exposure to certain toxic chemicals. The problem of the lungs developing sensitivity to a particular irritant can mean that even small exposures to the offending allergen can trigger allergic reactions of debilitating proportions.
There is enough scientific evidence available to suggest that exposure to paint can mean exposure to certain chemical carcinogens which in turn increases the risk of cancer in human beings.
Certain chemicals contain irritants which are responsible for causing contact dermatitis. The skin reacts upon contact and can result in itchiness, cracked and dry rashes, and/or blisters.
The extent to which chemicals can affect human health should not be underestimated even if no obvious signs of ill-health are visible. The danger may go as far as to affect unborn babies.
Furniture, floors, walls, roofs etc (exterior and interior) are treated with various types of products in order to seal a surface, preserve it, or to create an aesthetic effect. Many synthetic paints, sealants, varnishes, stains etc. have health problems associated with their use.
Paint is a solid material (i.e. a coloured powder or pigment) mixed into a liquid (e.g. oil or water). Other additives have often been mixed in for various reasons (e.g. to hasten drying, as a thinner, or to control insects). Natural additives are more often the safest alternatives (e.g. resins, oils, starches and waxes from plants).
Synthetic additives are often hazardous (e.g. insecticides or synthetic aromatic chemicals). Products which contain volatile chemicals (e.g. toluene, xylene and ketones) are hazardous. Older types of paints containing lead are a problem.
Varnishes and paints (epoxy types), contain hazardous phenols and synthetic resins. In a house fire many of these chemicals will give off poisonous gases.
The type of pigment used can also affect the hazard rating of a finish. Some pigments are relatively safe (especially those derived from plants such as natural fabric dyes). Natural pigments may often fade over time, but brighter mineral pigments may be more dangerous.
Anti-mould and Insecticide Additives
Many paints have anti-moulds and/or pesticides added to them. Before purchasing it is best to check whether the paint has these pre-added.
Acrylic paints are water based, this means there is no need to use chemicals for clean up after painting. Cheap/trade versions contain vinyls to make it paint on easier. Vinyl outgases noxious chemicals and paint containing vinyls are less durable than those that are 100% acrylic.
Traditionally indoor paints for walls were all oil based.Oil paint will continue to produce strong odours for long after it is used as they are much higher in VOC’s than other types. Thinners or other solvents are required for clean up.
Note that many newer paints on the market are Low (or no) VOC (volatiles organic chemicals). These are designed for consumers with chemical sensitivities and/or allergies.
There are now no-VOC paints available. These may be plant or clay based. As a consequence they often have limited ranges of colour.
The process of removing an undesirable finish from a room to replace it with a safer alternative can in itself be hazardous.Dust created (or particles loosened) when removing hazardous material can easily be breathed in. The products used to remove old paint (or varnish etc) can also be dangerous. For example, turpentine (a natural product distilled from oils in certain pine trees) is a relatively safe solvent, but synthetic white spirit which is sold today as turpentine, is derived from petroleum and is a quite different product.
Whenever cleaning down old surfaces, ensure that the work area is well ventilated and wear safety gear including gloves and a mask. Do not work during excessive heat when sweat glands are wide open as this can result in extra absorption of toxins into the body. Do not undertake work when other people are nearby and clean up the area thoroughly immediately after completing the job (for large jobs, clean progressively throughout the job).
Many older houses still contain lead based paint. Lead based paint is only dangerous if it is chipped, flaking or during removal when it is damaged. Additionally it is dangerous if it is chewed upon (by children) or where two painted areas are in friction (ie: door jam). Anyone with an older house who is considering renovations should investigate safe removal.
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,