Programs that Prevent Indoor Mold & Allergen Growth in New Construction
Our experts provide invaluable guidance for identifying potential moisture and/or condensation problems early on to reduce the cost of changes in design and construction and diminish the potential for construction defects.
A healthy building greatly reduces the potential for lawsuits from mold related claims
and eliminates such defects as cause for contract termination in deposit recovery actions.
Programs are fully compliant with the US Green Building Council LEED program. We have on staff, full-time LEED Accredited Professionals to provide consulting as well as on-site performance monitoring in the areas of LEED Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) credits related to mold and microbial issues for buildings under new construction (NC) and existing buildings (EB).
Consolidate Microbial Prevention into a Single Process
Through Mold & Allergen Free Certification Program, we offer preventative measures to assist
developers, owners, architects and designers, lenders, insurers
and facility managers in their efforts to minimize microbial growth
and to provide comfortable and healthful living and work environments.
A key advantage of the program is the close working relationship between Certified Mold & Allergen Free (CMAF) building scientists and the building owner's design, construction and facility management teams.
Among the program's key features:
- Consolidate moisture management (including condensation from insulation problems and/or unplanned air flow) into a single process that improves design and construction efficiency;
- Provide support for the position that all involved in a building program are progressive providers of high quality construction;
- Facilitate competitive, affordable rates for mold insurance.
- Program is compliant with US Green Building LEED EQ as well as ID credits.
Program Basics for High Rise Residential & Commercial Structures:
Buildings should be regularly inspected during construction and pre- and post-occupancy for problems or potential problems. The following are a few suggestions:
- Review the design of the building in high-risk areas.
- Water and mold-resistant materials and sealants in high-risk areas reduce risk.
- Protect roof penetrations during construction and seal penetrations between floors as tightly as possible.
- Mold prone materials should be kept clean and dry. And such materials as well as the entire structure should be kept well ventilated during construction.
- Drywall should be hung off of the floor as recommended by the Gypsum Industry Association.
- Air ducts should be sealed during construction to keep them clean as recommended by Smacna.
- HVAC ducting and coolant line insulation should be checked to make sure they are properly installed to avoid condensation drips.
- HVAC systems should be checked to make sure the return air ducting and air filtration system are carefully sealed to avoid moist air and/or contaminants entering system during operation.
- HVAC systems should be checked to make sure the supply air duct system is carefully sealed to avoid pressuring crawl spaces and potentially pushing "stale" air into the residence or office and/or causing sweating and resultant mold in attic and crawl spaces.
- Double check shower drain pans for leaks... before cabinets are installed.
- Routinely inspect the construction site using an infrared thermographic camera to ensure that it is kept as dry as possible.
- When there are water events and resultant microbial contamination during construction, use environmentally appropriate procedures to remove the contamination on exposed surfaces as well as hidden areas in wall, ceiling, and/or shaft cavities.
- Document compliance with proper microbial-free construction design as well as appropriate water damage cleanup and restoration techniques.
- Conduct final acceptance testing just prior to occupancy.
- Issue Mold Free Certificates
About USGBC (www.USGBC.org)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Our more than 7,200 member organizations and our network of more than 80 regional chapters are united to advance our mission of transforming the building industry to sustainability.
The U.S. Green Building Council's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.