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We will test and educate you about your air quality and together we will create solid solutions. There are many gases in the work place and at home that can cause health issues. Heat / Ventilation / Air Conditioning, gas stoves, fireplaces, new paints, new carpets and even photocopiers can cause some chronic and acute health issues.
We can have your water tested regularly to make sure there are no anomalies.
In Vancouver we have a wonderful state of the art water system for our city. Problems tend to arise in the cities that are decades old and therefore have older plumbing and water systems. However, in Vancouver, there could be leaching of harmful particles that affects the water supply so in order to be safe, your area should undergo testing.
In some of the rural areas there are wells that require regular testing.
We will show you what to do about mould in the home.
Mould in the home has a humid, dusty and almost chemical smell and the best way to test for mould is using your own nose. If you do smell mould, it is important to act on it right away by enrolling us to do an air quality test as it can cause permanent long term damage to your health.
If needed, we can also get test results expedited to ease your mind and ultimately get clean air faster. There are also easy ways to prevent mould which we share with our clients so that they do not run into mould and air quality issues again.
We can efficiently show you with highly accurate specialty meters what is happening in your living environment.
When our bodies are in areas of non-ionizing radiation (cell phones, WI-FI, cordless phones, Bluetooth, microwaves etc.) as well as incorrect electrical connections, our cells and brain have a tough time operating normally with this exposure.
Depending on your DNA, health, age and where you grew up, Electro-Magnetic Radiation affects people differently. It could also take anywhere from one to twenty years for any health signs to show up. It is best to detect, prevent and mitigate this radiation before it has negative impacts on your health and therefore taking the steps now may help decrease the chance of health concerns in the future.
We will tackle VOCs with highly accurate meters, investigate, then come up with a solution that works for you.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can cause serious health concerns and many people are unaware of some of the risks that every day materials or items possess. VOCs include but are not limited to new homes, new cars, new electronics, foam mattresses, gas stove, perfume and air fresheners. Some of the symptoms that can arise are headaches, fatigue, nausea and eye, nose and throat irritation.
There are also unseen consequences of VOCs as they can cause damage to the liver, the kidneys and the central nervous system. Some of the more toxic VOCs have been proven to cause cancer in animals and humans.
Radon is an easy measurement, but it is important to do the most accurate test. We can help show you the right product to use and the best labs.
Radon and radiation are everywhere all the time. However, they only cause a problem if they are allowed to accumulate. Once they accumulate, they can reach toxic levels. The great thing is that our bodies are really good at recovering from quick hits of radiation – for example X-Rays. However, if radiation is at consistently high level symptoms will arise and can show up from a persistent cough and chest pains to recurring infections like pneumonia or bronchitis.
There are many other ways that radiation can come into the home – old glass products. poorly manufactured chrome products, marble countertops, black slate fireplace or even fertilizer that has been tracked into your home. With our highly accurate meter (called a Geiger Counter) we can comb over products and pin point the problem spots.
- House Inspections
- In about 3 hours we can test your sleeping areas of all Electro Magnetic Fields (electrical and radio frequency up to 10 GHZ) by utilizing three highly accurate German-made meters made by Gigahertz(these meters took 10 years to build and develop).
- With a highly sensitive (parts per billion) GrayWolf Meter we can do real time air quality test of total volatile organic compounds, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulphide and humidity.
- Additionally with a Gray Wolf Particle counter we accurately measure the quality of your indoor air. We can then discuss the recommendations needed to fix these issues.
- We can complete a full building assessment of both the outdoors and indoors. Utilizing our thermal imaging camera, we can find thermal leaks and possible mold locations. Within these areas we can use a moisture meter to seamlessly test to see if there is moisture inside the wall. Adding in Indoor Air Quality and EMF testing can create a holistic look at the your living/working space.
- We can do an assessment in your office to check for air quality or EMF issues. Making sure the environment is safe for everyone to work in.
- If you are nervous about a new material with formaldehyde in your home or office, we can do that test as well. This test takes 2 hours and in that time, other types of metering and testing can be completed.
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How close is too close to your mobile technology?
Too close to your mobile technology depends on your safety vs convenience and understanding that the radiation field exponentially drops the further you move it away from your body. Every time you double the distance you receive a quarter of the energy. Within every mobile phone manual, there are vague health warnings telling consumers to limit cell phone use and watch proximity.
However, there have been many private studies that suggests that this is not enough. Off our measurements at Benchmark Environmental, we recommend turning your mobile technology into airplane mode as much as possible. When in use, 6 inches from the body at all times, utilizing speakerphone or Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) limiting headsets.
For more resources on the impacts of mobile technology:
Is Wi-Fi too strong in your apartment?
Your Wi-Fi may be too strong depending on your distance to the router. For Wi-Fi to reach the European Parliament guideline of 106 micro watts/square metre, it is recommended to stay back 4-6 metres. Every time you double the distance, you receive a quarter of the energy.
Based on our measurements, using highly sensitive meters, six metres is the safe distance. We would also recommend that you have the Wi-Fi turned off while you are sleeping so that your cells can rejuvenate and not be disturbed by extra Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs) in the air. The best way to use your Wi-Fi is selectively when you need it and to have a wire from your Wi-Fi router to your computer or device so that you do not need to use Wi-Fi at all.
We have worked hard to come up with a solution that enables you to do this with your phone, computer and other devices and have this inexpensive system available in our store. One of the main issues with apartments is the multiple other units running Wi-Fi as well. Having conversations with your neighbours or utilising some of our products will help in mitigating Wi-Fi fields.
For more resources on the impacts of Wi-Fi:
Why do I regularly feel sick or tired at work?
If your workplace is making you sick or tired you will likely feel better by taking a 10-minute break outside after working for a couple of hours. If you feel better, it is reasonable to question the environment you work in. There may be Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs) present, or perhaps air quality issues.
The lighting setup at your workplace may also be triggering your biological system to be on alert. Put all of these together and by the end of an 8-hour day your cells are fighting to stay functional which puts a tremendous strain on your body. Have us come and measure your work space and we can show you some simple changes or create a report to take to your management.
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How can I improve my home environment?
The first step to improving your home environment is to educate yourself on some of the threats and then try out different methods until you find one that works for you. Possible solutions would be turning off your Wi-Fi and putting mobile devices into airplane mode. There could be faulty electrical wiring in your walls and therefore flipping electric breakers to your bedroom could make you feel better and help you identify where there is a problem in your home.
For air quality you can add a HEPA air filter, as well as plants that have the ability to clear the air of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Another great option is to keep a window open and utilize the bathroom fan to draw air out of the living space. Lastly, take notice of your lighting and perhaps different light bulbs may help. We can come by and assess your particular situation and offer constructive simple solutions to elevate your living environment.
What am I not seeing?
There are many things that human beings are unable to sense. Our senses can only take in a very small amount of information at any given moment and then our brain filters that information to what it believes is the most important and discards the rest. We are therefore designed to react to only acute situations and the long term chronic health issues that arise from toxicity are invisible to our senses. At Benchmark Environmental we are here to help, educate and bring the invisible to the forefront.
How harmful are nearby cell towers?
How harmful cell towers are depends on how far they are from you and which direction they are facing. Depending on your angle, every time the distance from the cell tower is doubled, you get a 25% drop in radiation. Two studies, one by the Israel Tel Aviv University and another in Germany in the town of Naila, puts the safe living distance at approximately 400 metres. Benchmark Environmental recommends living spaces should be 500 metres away based off of our measurements. Unfortunately, there is a “catch 22” because if your cellphone is too far away from a tower it is producing a much stronger field while attempting to stay connected.
However, if you are too close to a tower you are heavily radiated by the cell tower. The best solution would be to be 500 metres away and put your cell phone on airplane mode when not in use. Health symptoms from being in close proximity to a cell tower are typically anxiety, fatigue and brain fog. With longer term exposure many more health issues may occur. If you feel a cell tower is too close, have us come by and put your mind at ease with clear solutions.
For more resources on the impacts of cell towers on your health:
Is my new carpet making me nauseous?
It is possible for a new carpet to make someone quite sick. The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), some of which we cannot smell, can affect any part of our system. Symptoms typically start with some dizziness and nausea then moves to include headaches, runny nose, and sneezing. The carpet makes you sick because the carpet and the underlay are “off-gassing”. The gasses have a very easy path through the fatty membranes in your lungs and into your blood stream. The first stop is your brain which causes the dizziness. An easy test is if you feel dizzy around a new carpet try going outside to see if you feel better.
If it makes a difference bring us in to do some quality measurements and we will find a solution for you. At the same time there are many other materials in the home that off-gas and we can find these at the same time.
Do I smell mould?
Luckily our sense of smell is a very good indicator that there may be mould in your living space. Mould is a pungent almost chemical smell. It can initially make your eyes itchy or perhaps give you cold like symptoms. If you leave your living space and symptoms improve this could be a sign that mould is present. We can come by to do a quick air sampling and expedite the lab work if necessary. We will then work with you to pinpoint possible mould locations and create a prevention plan.
Can I get a headache from my car?
Yes, there are many reasons you may be feeling ill while in the car. First, air quality is an issue because of the commercial products used in new cars and they typically off-gas for many years. As the car ages mould may be a concern as it can take hold in the ventilation system of the car and cause an air quality issue. Secondly, Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs), such as Bluetooth or the high level of technology used in cars, can also produce large fields and overtime can cause fatigue and headaches.
Lastly, a car is a sealed metal enclosure where all of these elements stay and have a tough time escaping. Luckily some vehicles fair better than others and these diamonds in the rough can be found by measuring with highly sensitive meters.
Smart Meters not so smart?
Smart Meters are a great technological advancement for the efficiency of the power companies, however they are compounding our living environment woes. Using a pulsating data technology called Zigbee, Smart Meters send out a strong signal every minute or so to communicate with surrounding meters and to send information to a gathering tower nearby.
To reach an exposure level approved by the European Parliament, the Smart Meter has to be 4-6 metres away from your living area. If you choose to have the meter removed, you will be penalized by the Electrical Company and your monthly bill will go up. We can come up with a solution to save you that monthly bill and make you feel safe at home.
Is my drinking water safe?
Drinking water in Vancouver is safe and some of the best in the world. However, in older buildings or due to poor plumbing practices, water quality may have been compromised. Long term use of poor water quality causes chronic issues in the digestive system. We can come and confirm that you have clean water in your living space.
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Why do I feel uncomfortable in certain rooms?
Being uncomfortable in certain rooms is caused by a variety of undetected reasons. Possibilities include: sitting beside an electrical miss wire, a hidden Wi-Fi booster, fluorescent lighting, old foam furniture, new carpets, a poorly serviced heating or cooling system and an appliance where too much Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide or Ozone is forming.
It could even be your home was built over an aquifer or a small ore deposit causing geo magnetic fields. It is also possible that radon gas from a natural radioactive material is accumulating in your crawl space. The list is long and arduous, if you are unsure but have concerns we can help guide you back to a more natural living state.
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Working with Jasen continues to be a blessing for our whole family’s health and well being. Previously having worked with another Building Biologist while on a job away, I was even more appreciative of working with Jasen. The consultation and communication were smooth, thorough, and informative. He gave me guidance on which areas were the priority, and asked to what degree I wanted to implement the changes, and what would be the most effective and valuable. I also saved time and money, since I was about to order thousands of dollars worth of devices and material from an online company after going through their catalog. I felt very little pressure from Jasen, but more support, and a guided menu of options. Initially I went for the most important changes. Most of which I hadn’t considered, nor would the items from the catalog have remedied. Then afterwards, I decided to make more improvements for our home space. Ultimately we shielded the home from high intensity EMFs that were entering our apartment from the multiple rooftop cell towers and satellites (which we had no knowledge of since they were hidden), by adding a foil layer in crawl space above the ceiling. We filmed windows and painted walls with carbon paint to block and ground microwave radiation (as well as electric fields). And we created a sleep sanctuary including a simple breaker shut off to near-eliminate electric fields as well as voltage on the bed. I also wanted to improve our Wi-Fi situation inside. So I ordered a Wi-Fi device that was much more compatible to our health, and customizable, and we also hardwired the apartment with Ethernet. My level of stress dropped significantly upon making the early changes. After the foil and carbon wall paint, my immediate stress reduction was about 25% in the space. After a week, it was 50%. The effects were cumulative, and now it’s higher. Afterwards, I made some simple adjustments at work, and recently even to my trailer. Both of which had some high readings! The bed in the trailer was right on top of the breaker box and solar energy transformer. Jasen cut and made a G-Iron/foil layer under the bed in the trailer, to block and ground the high magnetic and electric fields. As well, we had an electrician install a small sine wave tamer (made initially for the military), to reduce the voltage spikes on the electricity in the trailer. Especially helpful since the solar panels created a lot of dirty electricity, which couldn’t be reduced further even with filters. Lastly Jasen set me up with a spike to ground the aluminum body of the trailer. 21st century stress is real and takes a huge toll. I want to save my energy, health, and mood for my family, and my own life. Instead of being exhausted, irritated, and wired-and-tired from all the radiation…most of it not even mine. I did a lot, yes, in stages. But only because each thing I did made my life experience better, and after being extremely depleted from my intense and demanding work and life, it was essential for my road back to health and well being. While not every home will require many changes, it’s good to at least know what is affecting you, and you can pick and choose the most bang for you buck, and health!
Jasen is great energy, direct and informative! I’m super thankful to him for analyzing the full spectrum of my home in order to make it a safer place to live! This is potentially the best investment for overall quality of life I can imagine!
Jasen Masek of Benchmark Environmental Homes, Business, and Urban Environments has been a Certified Building Biologist in Vancouver BC for a few years and is very good at finding problems associated with the Dirty Power in many homes and businesses. It is rare to find such people with the knowledge he has and he is always willing to learn more to benefit his clientele. We enjoy working with Jasen and his unwavering drive to succeed in helping people with problems within their sick homes and is relentless in finding solutions that can help with the issues associated with the EHS syndrome. Rarely do we see Building Biologists around the world that have the same dedication to their customer base and a certifiable knowledge and ability to seriously make a difference helping his customers. Keep up the good work
Managing Partner of Cratus Canada Ltd.
We contacted Jasen to check our rental house for any EMF concerns. We were horrified to find out that our young daughter’s bedroom was being blasted by EMF by our next door neighbour’s Wifi router even though it was a house away, and that her sleeping area had particularly high EMF readings. Jasen found many other areas in the house that had high EMF readings that we had no idea about. He was very thorough and knowledgeable about EMF and environmental issues. He helped us set up protective shielding so our daughter would be safe and guided us how to make our home safer. We are confident that when we go to buy our next home, Jasen will expertly guide us to make a great choice.
Jasen was such a valuable resource when I first learned about EMF’s and Air Quality and the resulting biological problems they can create. He was able to accurately detect problem areas and we were able to fix them together! Thank you Jasen you are such a great resource of knowledge!
Navigating the world of non-native EMFs and their effects on our biology can be daunting and frankly a little worrisome. My journey started as a DYI project which included buying a variety of EMF meters. This only confirmed my suspicion; we are constantly exposed to all sorts of non-native EMF frequencies from dirty electricity, smart meters, Wi-Fi, cell phones, smart-appliances and all manner of wireless devices. Monitoring my daily non-native EMF exposure also made me realize that this exposure was constant and that turning off my own Wi-Fi at night and putting my phone on airplane mode was just not going to be enough. I needed an expert to help me mitigate my exposure and reduce the negative biological effects from this constant non-native EMF exposure. ------- Bringing Jasen in as a consultant was the perfect solution. Jasen was extremely professional and knowledgeable and in hindsight, I wish I had started this journey with his expertise to guide me. After our initial consult, and measurements with his professional meters, Jasen was able to put together a step by step plan to help me create a non-native EMF free zone in our bedroom. In my opinion, this is critical to improve sleep quality and to allow the body’s natural repair mechanisms to function. Having this EMF sanctuary not only allows us to increase energy production to detox and repair naturally, it also increases our resilience for all the other stressors and toxins we experience throughout the day. Non-native EMF might not be the sole cause for health issues, but it is definitely a contributor to everyone’s stress bucket. ------- I highly recommend Jasen to help you navigate the complex nature of our modern environment.
Jasen and Benchmark Environmental have allowed me to feel safe in my own home. Going through chronic illness - Lyme & mold - I felt it was important to minimize the factors in my home that could be holding back my health progress. With a short session, I learned a ton and now my home is a lot cleaner. I can't recommend Jasen and Benchmark Environmental enough.
Before meeting Jasen I was totally ignorant about the negative impacts of electro-magnetic radiation from cellphones and wifi. Jasen used his EMF metres to measure my home and gave me specific recommendations on how to improve the quality of my space. I sleep soundly now knowing that my risks are mitigated.
I highly recommend having an assessment done by Benchmark Environmental. They were very knowledgeable, professional, and kept me informed throughout the process. I learned a lot about the air quality and types of electromagnetic waves (i.e. from cell phones, WiFi, and electricity) in my home. The best part was that they taught me specific ways to reduce these types of pollution. Since the assessment was done, we have noticed our sleep, allergies, and anxiety levels have improved.
Dr. Deanna Weiss