George Swanson – Living, Breathing Buildings

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George Swanson

George Swanson

Buildings in Europe and Asia have been known to last from 300 to 3,000 years. Why do American buildings last only 30? According to George Swanson, the author of the bestselling Dome Scrapbook (1981) and co-author of Breathing Walls with Oram Miller (2008), the problem is that our buildings are usually made of cheap, harmful, subsidized chemicals. This standard practice, a prosecutable offense in countries like Germany and Switzerland, violates the guidelines set forth in Building Biology, a required field of study for builders and design professionals all over Europe. George Swanson is the founder of Swanson Associates, an Austin, Texas-based environmental consulting and design firm that uses living, breathing materials. Convinced that building materials like magnesium oxide will improve our health and strengthen our economy, he is an ardent supporter of the principles of building biology in the United States, and a model for environmental stewardship and public safety. Join us with George Swanson as we discuss his life’s work and explore the health, lifestyle, and financial benefits of living, breathing buildings.

7 comments… add one
  • Robin Datta Jun 12, 2012 @ 12:00

    Very interesting information. However, cellulose is not a part of any human tissue. It  is a vegetable polysaccharide. Clay is not a component of bone or any human tissue.

  • Becky Jul 10, 2012 @ 23:37

    This is one of the most fascinating interviews I have ever heard. It is truly exciting and new information to me.
    It was also intriguing to hear the stories of what is going on in China. And incredible to consider how this information is completely absent in any western media.
    Just really inspiring and so wide ranging! THANK YOU so much!!.

  • Mike Lim Feb 24, 2014 @ 21:43

    I can’t google under “China kicking out pharmaceutical companies” Is there any link Google can’t or won’t provide?

    • Site Admin Feb 25, 2014 @ 8:30


      This segment is not about pharmaceutical companies. Per our site policy, please keep your commentary relevant to the segment on which you’re commenting.

      • Phil Hughes Jun 28, 2014 @ 18:49

        Huh? George specifically mentions this. I found the interview very interesting but there are multiple questions about what he covers (such as cellulose). Not being willing to “talk about” these issues detracts from the credibility of the interview.

        • Mike Lim Jun 23, 2017 @ 19:25

          I agree wholeheartedly. Thanks Phil.

          Considering that no one is making any comments at all, they should let this through.

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