The Healthy Home

The Healthy Home
CPD Technical

The Healthy Home - What makes a building material ‘healthy’? 

23/04/2024 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (AEST)


Building materials play a pivotal role in the health and wellbeing of the people that live and work in a building, as well as the environment. Labels like ‘recycled’ don’t necessarily equate to ‘healthy’. Materials chosen for their thermal properties may not be the healthiest choices for individuals and our planet. 

In this insightful session, you will learn: 

  • Healthy building material criteria: the key considerations when evaluating the health and environmental impacts of building materials.
  • Material choices and mould risk: discover attributes that can contribute to condensation and mould, potentially compromising health and structural integrity. 
  • Material spotlight: How three prevalent building materials fare when rated through the lens of Building Biology 


Zara D'Cotta

Zara D’Cotta is a Building Biology New Build Consultant, Founder of The Healthy Home and Keynote Speaker. After going through cancer and environmental illness, Zara turned her focus to the crucial role our living spaces play in health and wellbeing. 
She has undertaken extensive study, in Australia, and further afield in the USA, where she has been mentored by global pioneers in the Building Biology new build space, and electromagnetic radiation. Today, she empowers building professionals through her acclaimed Healthy Building Materials Mastermind, guiding them to make informed, health-focused decisions in their projects.
Zara has delivered presentations for the Australian Institute of Architects, Association of Professional Builders, and Sustainable Builders Alliance, and been featured on Undercover Architect, Professional Builders Secrets, Ten News, The Project, and in Domain and Herald Sun.
Zara envisions a world where every home is designed with health in mind. This vision drives her continuous advocacy and educational endeavours. 



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