Bio

Stephen Collette Owner Your Healthy House

Stephen Collette is a Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC) through the International Institute of Bau-Biologie and Ecology. This lengthy certification analyses the built environment and how it impacts people’s health. 

Stephen was a natural builder for 5 years specializing in straw bale construction. Stephen has an engineering backgroundand training which enables him to understand the various processes occurring within the home and how they can interact. Applying these skills and knowledge to the standard home and small office enables Your Healthy House to find the reasons for poor indoor air quality and to find solutions to help create your healthy house.

Stephen Collette is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Accredited Professional (LEED AP), which allows Stephen to use the Canada Green Building Council’s guidelines and method to ensure a quantitative approach to building green.

Stephen Collette is a Building Science Specialist of Ontario. This certification is through the Ontario Building Envelope Council and is gained through Stephen’s successful completion of the University of Toronto’s Building Science Certificate program. 

Stephen is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association

For a copy of Stephen Collette, owner of Your Healthy House's CV click here.


HIGHLIGHTS

CERTIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

·      Canada Green Building Council Professional Member

·      Ontario Building Envelope Council Professional Member

·      International Institute of Building Biology and Ecology Professional Member

·      Ontario Environmental Health Association Member

·      Formerly: Vice President of Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition, Safe Housing Ottawa Board Member, Fleming College Green Roof Committee Member, Green Up Executive Board Member

 

EXPERIENCE

Your Healthy House – Indoor Environmental Testing and Building ConsultingLakefield, ON (Principal)                                                                           2005 to Present

Environmental Building Consultant for:

·      Residential, commercial, institutional and faith communities, ensuring that new construction and renovations are built with environmental considerations such as air quality, energy efficiency, natural, sustainable, low impact, embodied energy, LEED, Energy Star and other criteria

·      Residential, commercial and institutional inspections for building science related failures and how they impact indoor environmental concerns such as mould, air, chemical, particulate, combustion gases, and environmental health

·      Involvement as a liaison to architects, builders and suppliers, or trainer to those involved, explaining how to use and install new eco products 

·      Industry Partner for George Brown College building material research

·      Materials and furnishings selections of environmentally preferable products, and sourcing trades capable of meeting client’s requirements and needs

·      Environmental Health Clinic – Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, ON

·      Clients with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and environmental illnesses

·      Professional Committee member – The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Standards Development Committee representing Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

·      Canada Green Building Council – LEED AP Exam Review Committee member

·      American Standard of Canada Green Building Consultant

·      Orlando Corporation – BOMA (Building Owner’s and Manager’s Association) GO Green Certification, 100 Milverton Dr office tower, Mississauga, ON

·      Gravity Developments – Seniors apartment complex, Peterborough, ON

·      Peterborough Clinic Medical Centre & Lakefield Primary Health Care Centre

·      Camp Kawartha - Outdoor Environmental Education Centre, Designer of Sustainable Building Master Plan

·      Faith and the Common Good – Greening Sacred Spaces, Green Audit Manager

·      Panellist on Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield township pesticide bylaw, 2006-2007


Natural Home Builder specializing in Straw Bale Construction

Lakefield, ON (Self-Employed), 2002 to 2005

·      Worked on 24 straw bale homes and buildings across Ontario and Quebec

·      Scope of involvement from general contractor, consultant, builder, to sub contractor

·      Range of buildings included 400 to 13,000 sq. ft buildings

·      Scope of work included, framing, straw bale work, plastering

·      Instructed, trained and supervised numerous builders, homeowners and volunteers straw bale construction techniques

 

TEACHING

·      IICRC (The Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) approved Continuing Education Credit Provider (Instructor and Content Developer) for 1-day and 2 day workshops on Building Science and Environmental Health which has been delivered to Professional Restoration Contractors, Insurance Adjusters, Building Managers, Property Owners, Peterborough Health Unit, & Peterborough Green Up

·      International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology, Co-Content Developer and Co-Instructor- Natural and Healthy Building and Renovations, 40hr course Santa Fe, NM, Clearwater, FL, Springhill TN, Rancho Cucamonga CA, Austin TX, 2008 to Present

·      International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology, Co-Content Developer and Co-Instructor- Indoor Air and Water Quality, 40hr course Walworth, Wisconsin, 2016

·      Fleming College, Primary Content Developer - Eco Building Techniques, Two-year program, in abeyance, Frost Campus, Lindsay, 2007

·      Fleming College, Instructor and Content Developer - Healthy Home Construction, 18 hr course Continuing Education, Brealey Campus, 2006 - 2008

·      Fleming College, Primary Content Developer – Sustainability Concepts in Working Life, General Education Credit for all students, in abeyance, Brealey Campus, Peterborough, 2007

·      Fleming College, Sustainable Building Design and Construction Program, Content Specific Instructor – Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Science, Haliburton Campus, 2006 - Present

·      Natural Build Workshops, Co-Instructor and Content Developer – Introduction to Building Biology and Natural & Healthy Buildings, Durham, ON, 2009 - 2010

·      Natural Build Workshop Co-Instructor and Content Developer – Building Science for Natural Builders, Durham, ON, 2010

·      International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology, Co-Instructor – Indoor Air, Water, and Materials Seminar, Clearwater, FL, May 2006

·      Ontario Power Authority, Retail Trainer – Every Kilowatt Counts, Ontario, 2006 - 2007

·      Class Connections, Instructor and Content Developer - Straw Bale Construction, Efficient Renovations and Additions, Introduction to Bau-Biologie, Creating Your Sacred Space, Peterborough, ON, 2005 - 2006


EDUCATION

·      Certified Infrared Thermographer Level 1 Building Investigations Certification – Infrared Training Centre                                                            December 2013

·      Building Science Specialist of Ontario Certification – Ontario Building Envelope Council, September 2010

·      Asbestos for Workers training – Centre for Disaster Recovery, Barrie, ON, July 2010

·      Building Science Certificate Program University of Toronto - Professional Development Centre, Toronto, 2007 - 2011

·      Residential Indoor Air Quality Investigator Course – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, November 2010

·      HRV/ERV Install and Balancing Orientation Workshop – vanEE & Air Solutions Inc., Toronto, May 2009

·      Children’s Environmental Health Champion – Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment, Toronto, February 2008

·      Radon in Homes – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Health Canada                                                                                                                            January 2008

·      Energy Star for New Homes Evaluator Training – Enerquality, Toronto, October 2007

·      Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) – Canada Green Building Council, September 2007

·      Children’s Environmental Health Workshop – World Health Organization, Canadian Institute of Child Health, Ottawa, May 2007

·      Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC) International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology, Clearwater, FL, 2005 - 2006

·      Build and Renovate to Avoid Mould Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Peterborough, ON, October 2005

·      Green Roof Building Workshop Green Roofs, Healthy Cities, Hastings, ON, July 2005                                                                            

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

·      National Trust National Conference – Green Audits, Charlottetown, PE 2014 - 2016

·      American Institute of Architects AGM 2014 – Building Biology: A Potent Model for Health and Ecology, Chicago, Il, 2014

·      Ontario Architects Association 2030 Professional Series – Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design, Toronto & Ottawa, ON, 2014

·      Ontario Architects Association AGM 2013 – Building Biology: Design for Health and Ecology, Toronto, ON, 2013

·      Master of Ceremonies and Panelist - Solutions for Creating Healthy Buildings Conference – Tucson, AZ, 2011

·      Greening Sacred Spaces - National Trust’s National Conference, Toronto, ON, 2009

·      Keynote Speaker - American Standard of Canada, Orlando Corporation, Boone Mechanical, 2007-2008

·      Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition’s AGM - Speaker, Peterborough, ON, 2010

·      Seneca College Early Childhood Education Staff, King and Newnam Campuses, 2008

·      University of Toronto – Women’s College Hospital, Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo – Toronto, ON, 2008

·      International Home Show –Toronto, ON, 2007 - 2008

·      Sustainability Symposium – Quinte East, ON, 2006 - 2010

·      Green Expo – Peterborough, ON, 2005 - 2011

·      Ontario Building Officials Association – Peterborough Chapter, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association – Kawartha Durham Chapter, Peterborough and Kawartha’s Home Builder’s Assoc., Peterborough Fire Department, Ontario Society of Environmental Educators, Greening Sacred Spaces Forum, Ontario Camping Association, Parent Co-Operative Preschool Corporation, Peterborough Wellness Expo, 2005 - Present

 

PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

·      Published author with two articles in Llewellyn’s 2009 Green Living Guide on Green and Natural building, and Healthy Homes, 2009

·      Centre For Equality of Rights in Accommodation – Resource Kit author for Building Owners/Managers on Tenants with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, 2010

·      Canadian Environmental Law Association/Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment co-author on Healthy Retrofits research paper, 2010 - 2011

·      Authored articles and content expert for numerous international magazines and newspapers including Today’s Parent, Allergic Living Magazine, Cottage Living Magazine, Globe and Mail, and MCS America, 2005 - Present

·      Appeared on I Channel’s Health@Issue, CBC affiliate CHEX News, CHEX 5:30, 2005 - Present

·      Consulted on Global TV documentary My Toxic Baby2009

·      Consultation delegate with Health Canada’s Safe Environments Program to help implement a delivery concept and relationship with Environmental NGO’s, 2009

© Stephen Collette 2016