Small but mighty, ranging from 3 to 100 microns in size, miniscule mold organisms can cause big problems. A seemingly minor water leak behind a wall, unnoticed until the sinister color of mold is evident, can wreak havoc and cause a financial nightmare. A practical primer, Sick Building Syndrome and Related Illness: Prevention and Remediation of Mold Contamination focuses on the serious contaminants that cause fungal infestations, commonly referred to as mold. It examines how to counter problems as they occur and how to prevent infestations with proactive measures.
The book sets the stage with a general introduction and then explores the matter in terms of health care and epidemiology. It covers mold genetics and biology, explains the negative health consequences of mold products and by-products, and supplies examples of possible treatments. The editor includes coverage of metrics and explores how to approach measuring infestation and understanding it. The chapter on epidemiology conveys an understanding of the problem and its magnitude and details aspects of health challenges. The book also discusses mold and other contaminant particles, remediation, and repair to provide insight on what to do in the event of a problem. It details a model for mold growth that can be used to prevent such growth, equations of mold growth and product formation, and analytical developments and sampling techniques.
Better materials science and the ability to know when mold will occur and how to prevent it and remediate it are critical and key remedies to mold infestation. Sound science and engineering can be incorporated as a package as part of a home or commercial buyer’s purchase. For example, the model for mold growth presented in this book can be adapted commercially to depict how mold growth can occur and how to prevent such growth, making it useful in building design, mold prevention, and directing research to new solutions.
Table of Contents
Introduction, W.E. Goldstein, Ph.D., PE
Epidemiology and Health Effects in Moisture-Damaged Damp Buildings, J. Cox-Ganser, Ph.D., J.-H. Park, Sc.D, and R. Kanwal, M.D., M.P.H.
Mold Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics, E. Sobek, Ph.D.
Products of Mold Associated with Sick Building Syndrome, W.E. Goldstein, Ph.D., PE
Mathematical Model of Mold Propagation and Product Formation in Building Materials, Inherent Transport Phenomena, and Applications, W.E. Goldstein, Ph.D., PE and W. Schreuder, Ph.D.
Forensic Studies in Moldy-Damp Buildings, P.R. Morey, Ph.D., CIH, G.N. Crawford, CIH, M.J. Cornwell, AIA, B. Caddick, ASP, T. Toren-Rudisill, AIA, and R. Webb, PE
Practices in Identifying, Remediating, and Reoccupancy When Mold Occurs, G.R. Brown, PE, QEP, CMC
Analysis of Microscopic Contaminants in Sick Building Investigations, J. Millette, Ph.D, B. Epstien, MPH, CIH, and E. Horner, Ph.D.
Analytical Practice in Mold Identification and Solutions, Including Measurements and Sampling, E. Sobek, Ph.D.
Research and Development, Directions in Construction Practice, and Summary Recommendations, W.E. Goldstein, Ph.D., PE