to Help Protect Your Indoor Environment from Mold
is officially summer. For some this means vacation,
relaxing by the pool or spending time with friends
and family. However, summer can also mean rain, humidity
and hot temperatures. That is the perfect recipe for
mold; anytime you have more than 60% humidity inside
or outside, there is a significant opportunity for
mold to grow.
growth of mold on interior products and materials,
as well as on the building structure may pose serious
health issues for building occupants, including triggering
asthma and allergies. Also, widespread mold growth
potentially compromises not only the structure itself,
but also the value of the structure, creating financial
risks for building owners. Selecting moisture resistant
products that retard the harmful growth of mold is
a critical design and construction strategy to manage
these risks. GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)
wants to make sure you understand the importance of
selecting and specifying microbial resistant products,
and the processes you can use to protect your buildings
2004, GEI initiated a pilot program to evaluate the
potential of measuring mold resistant properties of
materials used in building construction and manufactured
for use in the built environment. Starting with the
guidance of ASTM Standard 6329, the pilot study further
developed a test method for assessing the resistance
of materials to mold growth. The test method was validated
for a number of representative product types and found
to be reliable and reproducible.
this pilot study GEI was able to develop testing methods
and a rating system for building materials and products
included in the GREENGUARD Microbial Resistance Listing
Program, including paints and coatings, adhesives
and sealants, wallboard, insulation, flooring, ceilings,
window components and many other dry and wet materials.
Listing for Microbial Resistance provides a resource
of products that have been shown to resist the growth
of mold when subjected to adverse environmental conditions.
Products listed have been voluntarily submitted for
testing by manufacturers. GEI lists products for one
year upon successful completion of this test. Products
must annually re-test to retain their listing. For
more information on this study, please see Final Report
On The GREENGUARD Pilot Study Of Microbial Resistance
(Phases 1 And 2). Click here
for a complete list of GREENGUARD Microbial Resistance
Listing Program Products.
addition to the GREENGUARD Microbial Resistance Listing
Program, GEI also offers a Mold Prevention Program,
which starts before a building is even built. This
program will help prevent poor indoor air quality
caused by mold contamination. To achieve this goal,
GREENGUARD partners with the builder to develop a
comprehensive moisture control plan for new construction
that protects your property before you move and for
years to come.
Mold Prevention Program is a portion of GREENGUARD
for Building Construction Certification. This program
includes design, construction, acceptance and occupancy
phases. Each phase has steps that are unique to the
phase to help proactively address moisture issues.
Steps include an initial project overview, moisture
management specifications for contractors, Mold and
Moisture Management Plan (MMMP) implementation, periodic
site visits, moisture mapping and building clearance
testing, operations and maintenance training and ongoing
moisture management guidance to the property owner/manager.
When the program is successfully completed, the building
is awarded the GREENGUARD for Building Construction
While no products are mold proof and it is uncertain
that any material will resist mold or mildew indefinitely,
information on the microbial resistance of products
and programs will help designers, builders, specifiers
and consumers make informed decisions.
more information, you can access the study report
on mold resistant products.
Presents at September Webinar
Building Blocks for Healthy Indoor Air
Health, Safety & Welfare Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC
(0.1 CEU), USGBC
Outreach Manager, Paul Bates, will be presenting at
an upcoming webinar hosted by Environmental Design
+ Construction Magazine. The webinar will educate
architects, designers and specifiers on creating educational
spaces, specifically daycare and K-12 schools, achieve
the best indoor air quality for those environments
as it is fundamental to protecting the health, safety,
and welfare of children. At the end of this one-hour
program participants will understand the health risks
and sources of indoor air pollution in daycare and
K-12 facilities. This is an excellent opportunity
to discover strategies for creating educational environments
with healthy indoor air quality, and identify resources
for improving and maintaining indoor air quality.
Environmental Institute often serves as a resource
for publications and media outlets, providing information
on various topics that relate to product emissions
and indoor air quality. The following represent recent
articles and features.
Wall Street Journal
Without That Smell
Formaldehyde Found in Baby Cribs
the Marketing Misuse of 'green'
Prairie Tower Wins 2008 Spectrum Award from Coverings
read these and past articles, visit the Press Room/Articles
under the 'About GEI' tab of our website. Read
the next few months, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
(GEI) will participate in several events. For more
information, please visit the Events
tab listed under 'About GEI.'
September 24th 2008
October 15th - 17th
Expo 2008 (Speaking and Exhibiting)
November 19th - 21st 2008
a snapshot of GEI's 2008 events, click on 2008
Calendar under the About GEI/Events tab. We
will continue to update this information, and appreciate
any feedback from you.
Environmental Institute (GEI) is proud to be a recognized
Education Provider, and provides numerous Continuing
Education Courses related to indoor air quality principles.
Indoor Air by Design
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH),
the Air on IAQ: Making Sense of IAQ Standards and
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH)
Building Blocks for Healthy Indoor Air
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1CEU), USGBC
Design to Prevent the Damaging Effects of Mold
Credits: AIA (1LU), CSI (1-ECH)
is taking their Health, Safety and Human Welfare
courses on the road to architecture and design firms,
industry meetings, campuses and manufacturer showrooms
across the country. If your firm or group is interested
in learning more about these courses, please send
a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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