Biology and the built environment
At BioBE We:
Develop hypothesis-driven, evidence-based approaches to better understand the microbiome of the built environment
Research with the goal of improving human health and environmental sustainability
One of our sister organizations, the Institute for Health in the Built Environment, has been working hard researching how we can reclaim our society in a COVID world. The main focus is testing exhaust air for the virus and take that information to do more human testing and spatial testing of the built environments we spend majority of our lives in. Understanding and testing for what we cannot see with the naked eye allows us to be more proactive. This doesn’t just stop with COVID-19 either, this technique allows for testing of exhaust air for other viruses like influenza. The big picture is that this allows for safer stability in reopening, as well as a future of combating viruses beyond the medical field by testing exhaust air throughout our workplaces, schools, etc.
Environmental testing can be a cost-effective means of quickly identifying potential sources of virus in your building, while also evaluating the effectiveness of your strategies to reduce disease transmission risk indoors.