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» 02.02.2016 | Sound choices, minimizing risks – article in “Greenbuilding Schweiz” |
Healthy building materials – more than a buzzword. Thomas Rühle explains why.

What does the term “healthy building materials” really mean, and why are they often considered a necessity? Non-toxic materials are becoming more and more important in building projects. In order to obtain the desired results, these materials must be well integrated. An article by Intep’s Thomas Rühle, published in the Swiss “Greenbuilding” magazine, explains what to look out for while addressing individual issues with regard to this topic.

As buildings are becoming more and more airtight, we are surrounded by an ever-growing mix of toxic substances from building materials such as paints, adhesives and varnishes, as well as furniture. Rühle explains the “Sick Building Syndrome“, comparing important target and threshold values and offering recommendations on efficient and targeted measurements.

How can we tell healthy from unhealthy building materials? What makes materials healthy and what information do labels and certification schemes provide? These are among the many questions addressed by Rühle’s Greenbuilding article.

Defining a procedure for dealing with healthy materials prior to the start of a building project is always recommended. Rühle’s article concludes with a draft best-practice procedure, outlining the complete process of ecological material consulting from the first analysis to controlling and documentation.

The complete article (in German) can be found here..

The author, Thomas Rühle, a building engineer, joined Intep in 1998. As a member of the management he developed Intep’s building, technology and sustainability consulting services. His work focuses on sustainability concepts, ecological building and materials, life-cycle assessment, building physics, building climate control and sustainability certification.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please feel free to contact Thomas Rühle at