Sick Building Syndrome and Related Illness: Prevention and Remediation of Mold Contamination

Walter E. Goldstein

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August 19, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 256 Pages - 18 Color & 84 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439801444 - CAT# K10091

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Features

  • Provides a novel mathematical framework in which to understand how mold grows and biosynthesizes secondary products
  • Includes specific examples important for construction and remediation with case histories and photographs of mold infestation compared to other contaminant infestation
  • Contains information on ways to measure and detect mold, important for inspection and remediation
  • Supplies practical suggestions for imaginative new solutions to prevent mold and treat it in a potentially less expensive manner

Summary

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.