It is often said that “a healthy soul resides in a healthy body and a healthy body lives in a healthy environment.” This all important notion underscores the importance of learning to recognize the many similarities between your home or building and the human body. As it turns out, the more a home or building resembles the human body, the higher the well-being and comfort level in the building.
The building is, in fact, just like a suit to ensure that the internal climate is secured in the proper range. We design and construct buildings not only against harsh weather condition, but also to fulfill our basic human needs and for comfort. This analogy is probably the best explanation for the similarity between a building and the human body. If you have a closer look at the major building parts in comparison to the human body you will see the following.
Our skin is protecting our cells and is helping to secure the proper body temperature. The outer shell from our home has the same function. The building is equipped with an outer shell, which secures everything inside, gives physical protection, while helping to maintain a proper inside condition. The skin has the same function for the human body, which is protection and helping to secure the proper body temperature.
Our brains are the “computer” of our body and regulate all functions in the body. Senses are picking up triggers; the brain decodes those triggers and sends signals to organs and limbs, which in turn execute the instructions of the brains. We give our homes and buildings intelligence, the so-called controllers that can be compared with the human brains. These controllers are the nerve center or the “computer” of our homes or buildings. Whether it is a simple thermostat or a complex digital control system, it has the same function, which is to control and regulate the indoor climate and the comfort level in the building.
Our eyes gives us the opportunity to connect with the outside world visually. Light falls through the eye lens and reaches the retina of the eye. Here it forms an image in the brain of the object in front of the eye lens. In our homes, the windows are the visual connection to the outside world. Light is entering through the windows and glass panes making the building alive.
Our hart is the most important organ in our body and pumps blood to circulate around the body. This blood is life fluid for all organs, senses and all cells in our body. In our homes and buildings, the pumps have similar functions pumping water through the systems.
Our blood is the life fluid that transports oxygen to all parts of the human body. Without blood, the human body cannot function and there is no life. In our homes and the buildings, we have water as “life fluid”. Water is used for consumption and sanitary use, as well as, for transportation of energy to places where it is needed in your home or building.
Our blood vessels are like “highways” for the blood that runs to all the vital organs, limbs and senses. In our homes, we have the piping systems for conveying water to all parts of the building where it is needed.
Our mouth is to communicate with the outside world verbally, while it is also use to supply the body with food and drink. In our home, we have the utility cabinet as the communication device of our home with the utility company, as well as the communication device between our home and us. Smart meters in our utility cabinet utilize this two-way communication. The utility cabinet is also the device or location where our home or building is being “fed”. All connections from the utility grid such as water, gas, electricity, telephone and internet are coming into the building at the utility cabinet.
Our nose we use for inhale air with oxygen for our body. After the air has been processed by the lungs it leaves the body again through the nose. Without oxygen there is no life possible. In our homes and buildings, we let air in through the intake grills in the outer shell and exhaust the air again after it has been handled by the ventilation unit or air handler.
Nose hair are actually filters to prevent dust from entering your lungs. In our homes, we have filters to clean the air before it inters the ventilation or an air-handling unit.
Our lungs are the air-processing organ of the body. I extract oxygen out of the air that consists of approximately 78 % nitrogen and 12 % oxygen. In our homes and buildings, we have the ventilation unit or air handler to process the air in the building.
There are a lot more similarities; however, the above-mentioned ones drive home the notion that “humans built their homes & buildings in their own resemblance.”
All of the above mentioned building properties combined together lead to a certain feeling or ‘vibration’ in the building. This ‘vibration’ is an indicator of the internal climate in the building as well as the well-being of the people inhabiting the home or building. The ‘vibration’ corresponds to a feeling of comfort & happiness or one of discomfort & sadness. As mentioned earlier, it actually turns out that the more a building resembles the human body, the higher the well-being and comfort level in the building.
The similarity, therefore, between the human body and the homes & buildings we live and work in, is a very important indicator to help us determine the actual health of a home or building. Also, when problems arise in our homes or buildings, the close resemblance to the inner workings of the human body, helps us to diagnose the potential issues more easily.