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 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.
The RSMC is funded by grants from USG Corporation, National Gypsum and American
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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