Healthy Building Science

Industrial Hygiene: Environmental Testing & Sick Building Inspections

San Francisco, California

United States

About Healthy Building Science

Healthy Building Science (HBS) is a professional service company with clients across the US. They offer a wide spectrum of services focusing on the built-environment: from design and construction consulting - to industrial hygiene and healthy building inspections. Focused on client satisfaction and pushing the sustainability envelope, HBS is on an upward trajectory.

HBS has expert green building consultants with years of experience in all building types. They are third-party consultants, and not the designer/builder of record. HBS often utilizes Building Biology, LEED, and GreenPoint Rated as frameworks for optimizing new and existing buildings. Energy and water conservation are components of a green building, and HBS puts an emphasis on long-term durability, moisture management, and occupant health. HBS is among the first firms in the US offering low-EMF design consulting and Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx).

Healthy Building Inspections identify evidence of current and historical contaminants, and combine environmental AND building science expertise while focusing on occupant health. Environmental inspectors may sample air, dust, soil, and water for laboratory analysis to create a comprehensive picture of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). HBS industrial hygienists are qualified to collect lead and asbestos samples, as well as write safe handling protocols and supervise/monitor abatement. EMF surveys and allergen testing are pieces that allow this company to offer uniquely comprehensive environmental services.

We are leaders in the environmental inspection or "Industrial Hygiene" industry. It was an obvious fit once we learned there was an overarching sustainable rating for business operations. We understand B-Corp is the be-all-end-all for green business certifications, so why mess around!

The Change We Seek®

HBS believes everyone deserves a health-supporting environment. HBS is committed to empowering occupants to create healthier indoor environments. They offer comprehensive healthy building consulting for design/build projects, and healthy building inspections for existing buildings. Education about best practices for healthy buildings is a necessary component of there long-term strategy for making change.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2013

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: 100% of company facilities are located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; Company went through a 3rd party-conducted audit during last 12 months; Incentives are in place to encourage carpooling or use of public transportation

Governance: Company has worked within industry to develop social/environmental standards; Company discloses all financial information (excluding salary) at least quarterly

Workers: Company's total wages have increased by over 15% in last fiscal year; 100% of employees participated in bonus plan in last fiscal year; Lowest-paid hourly worker received 56% above the living wage during last fiscal year; Company provides written guidance for career development to employees

Community: Company gives preference to local and sustainable/fair-trade suppliers





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