Tag: indoor air quality

Preventing Mold in New and Existing Buildings Now Available on iBooks Store

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Preventing Mold in New and Existing Buildings Now Available on iBooks Store! Mold problems in buildings have gotten a lot of publicity for years now, and architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners have spent billions of dollars dealing with mold and moisture problems. Response efforts have been mainly reactive, many times brought about after someone gets sued. This book presents architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners with concepts and tools…

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Do You Have a Proactive Moisture and Indoor Air Quality Management Plan?

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Do You Have a Proactive Moisture and Indoor Air Quality Management Plan? Responding to moisture, mold and indoor air quality problems is faster and easier when contingency plans to deal with them are already in place. Unfortunately, most building owners and operators are in a reactive mode when it comes to handling moisture, mold and indoor air quality issues. Proactive Moisture and Indoor Air Quality Management Plans involve finding potential…

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Matt Risinger Interviews Wynn White About Mold

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Matt Risinger Interviews Wynn White While attending this summer’s Building Science Corporation Summer Camp, Matt Risinger interviewed Wynn about mold. For those of you who don’t know Matt, he’s a custom builder from Austin, and his projects range from complex renovations to custom building. His project approach is simple – do it right, the first time, with the right materials. He’s fun to hang around with and has some terrific…

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. There are a lot of good contractors and consultants out there helping with projects. But there are some who are taking advantage of the situation. I’ve seen advertisements…

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. But there are plenty of other environmental problems awaiting homeowners, business owners, schools, and everyone else. Baton Rouge Flood recovery is going to take some time – response work,…

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Temporary Building Problems – A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling?

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Temporary Building Problems – A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling? The great musical sage Jimmy Buffet wrote a song called “Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling”, an expression many of us like to use from time to time. Although the song tells a different story than something facilities and maintenance related, temporary buildings have become just that – a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. In many cases, an…

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Les Miles & Mechanical Engineers Deserve A Break

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Les Miles & Mechanical Engineers Deserve A Break I’d love to know what you thought when you read the title. There are some jokes I could make here, but I’ll only say that given how Les gives soundbites, I’d love to hear him explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics. I mean, who doesn’t think of Les Miles and mechanical engineers at the same time? Les Miles has had quite an interesting time…

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Got Mold? Cure the Cause Not the Symptoms

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Five Quick Tips for Stopping and Preventing Mold 1) Identify problem areas and stop active leaks and condensation. Too often the owner throws money at indoor air quality problems or remediates mold before identifying and curing the source of the odor or moisture. Get to the source of moisture-and stop it! Then remediate (if necessary). 2) Conduct Preventative Maintenance. We recommend that you seal around all doors, windows, roof and wall penetrations. 3) Control…

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Tiny but Deadly: Legionella

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Sometimes it’s the smallest organisms that are deadly. Last month we wrote about the deadly meningitis outbreak caused by mold contamination in a compound medicine facility. Now more preventable deaths are being caused by small organisms. You may have heard about recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease at a Chicago JW Marriot and two VA Hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pa.  and Oakland, Ca. Potentially fatal Legionnaires’ Disease got its name when an…

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