The avoidance and mitigation of low and high frequency electromagnetic fields is most cost effectively accomplished during design and construction. A pre-construction EMF assessments will be conducted to determine the EMF radiation load on the property. A design consultation will customize EMF mitigating solutions to your home and local EMF environment. After completion, the effectiveness of the installed mitigation will be determined by a post-construction EMF assessment.
Whether or not your lot is located in an area of high electromagnetic fields, there are some good reasons to consider an EMF design consultation when planning your home.
The house you build can contribute to the EMF burden on you and your family members if not designed with EMF reducing strategies in mind. For example, by properly planning the routing of electrical wiring with respect to EMFs, the generation of electrical fields due to that wiring can be minimized or easily mitigated in important areas such as the bedroom.
Secondly, choices can be made with regard to house components and mechanical systems that minimize the introduction of EMFs into the new home. Especially to be considered are system locations with respect to the bedroom. For example, having a Smart Meter located on the outside of a bedroom wall, or other area that is used extensively, should be avoided. Furthermore, certain types of systems are known to create stronger electromagnetic fields. For example, in-floor electrical heating generally produces significant fields near the floor.
Thirdly, considering the fact that microwave producing antennas are going up daily across the country and the projected EMF load in any given area is expected to increase, decisions can be made with regard to the future need for EMF shielding. For example, metal roofs are generally more costly than traditional asphalt shingle. However, the fact that metal roofs also shield EMF radiation can be added to their other benefits of increased life-expectancy, color choices, and wind resistance, possibly tipping a decision in their favor. A metal-roofed house, which in the future comes under increased EMF assault, would already be shielding its occupants and only require integration with additional EMF mitigating measures for walls and windows.
Fourthly, the incremental cost of adding shielding during the construction phase verses retrofitting a few years later may make the decision clearer. In Europe where the awareness of EMF issues is more advanced, EMF shielded homes are in demand and bring higher prices than their unshielded counterparts. As the awareness of EMF issues increases in the USA, the same is likely to happen here.