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Arumala, J O (2006) Mold and the construction industry. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 2(02), 75-89.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: health effects; humidity; litigation; mildew; moisture; mold; plumbing leaks; remediation; roof leaks; spores
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1557-8771
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/15578770600775868
  • Abstract:

    Mold has become a major environmental concern in homes and in the workplace. Indeed, mold spores are found almost everywhere, but current legal cases and media coverage of mold problems inside buildings have projected this indoor air quality issue into the public spotlight. A member of the Fungi Kingdom, mold needs a source of food and water to survive and grow. Cellulose-rich building materials, including wood studs, drywall, ceiling panels, carpeting, wallpaper, and insulation (when wet), may serve as nutrient source to mold. Furthermore, certain mold species have been known to produce allergic reactions and illnesses in humans. This paper examines various available factors that impact mold damage in buildings, and discusses health effects on people, and describes the impact that it is having on the construction industry. It discusses building materials and practices that promote the growth of mold in buildings and outlines recommendation for testing, abatement, and remediation and the control of moisture, air, and humidity in buildings as various means of controlling the growth of mold in buildings.