The Coalition is taking this opportunity to remind builders and homeowners alike that building green means building dry.
The Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition
a consortium of building material companies and
associations, academic and government organizations, has announced that August
is Mold Awareness Month. The Coalition is taking this opportunity to remind
builders and homeowners alike that building green means building dry.
“It’s fair to say that ‘green building’ is the dominant
trend in construction today-as builders strive to utilize recycled materials,
or materials that are low in embedded energy or are low in energy usage,” said
Mike Poellinger, chairman of the RSMC. “Both are important goals, but they must
be pursued in a way that allows buildings to manage and repel moisture. Energy-efficient
buildings can often trap unwanted moisture-or buildings that feature renewable
building materials such as bamboo flooring, for example, may not prove to be
highly durable, thereby defeating a key goal of the green building movement:
According to coalition, building green homes means
designing, building and maintaining them in a way that keeps moisture at bay.
Because a damp home not only deteriorates more quickly, it can also create an
unhealthy environment that becomes moldy and attracts insects and other vermin.
Here are some helpful hints to make sure your home stays
complex roof designs that trap rainwater in valleys that do not drain.
install wet building materials-they should be protected from the elements
must be installed around all doors, windows and chimneys-driving moisture
outside of the building.
install drywall once the home has been closed in-and give joint compound enough
time to dry before it is painted or covered.
• Be sure
there is adequate ventilation-energy efficient homes and buildings can often
trap moisture leading to mold.
flooring is a common choice today because it’s abundant and renewable, but not
highly durable. Ceramic tile, for example, will be a much more durable choice,
and therefore more “Green.”
• Select the
right type of wallboard for high-moisture rooms like kitchens and baths.
Generally, cement board or combination fiberglass/cement boards are best for
applying ceramic tile because tile grout will allow water intrusion, leading to
The RSMC comprises 14 companies, associations, government
and academic organizations that are dedicated to identifying and communicating
accurate, science-based information on mold prevention and control. It is the
intention of the organization to provide useful, easily accessible information
to everyone with an interest in the subject for both new and existing buildings
and homes. RSMC is funded by grants from USG Corporation, National Gypsum and
For more information on these and other mold-resistant
building tips, please visit www.responsiblemoldsolutions.org. Also a copy of a
free brochure on mold-fighting tips is available by e-mailing