Dry Subject: ‘Solutions to Mold’ Coalition Preaches Message of Moisture Prevention by Design

From D+D Online, September 2010

by Joe Maty

Effective green building demands effectively building dry. That’s the message being conveyed by the Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition (RSMC), a consortium of 14 companies, associations, government, and academic organizations that are ”dedicated to identifying and communicating accurate, science-based information on mold prevention and control.”...
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Tagged categories: Air barriers; Building Envelope; Building envelope; EIFS; Green building; Moisture management; Mold; Sustainability

Comment from Noel Reierson, (9/9/2010, 9:54 AM)

Comment from Will Harmon, (9/9/2010, 10:04 PM)

Appreciated the article! I am a residential house-painter and former plywood manufacturer. One outstanding observation in the field is that after observing how much mold and mildew is "hot-pressed" with the "core" in making plywood,it shows itself in the field during construction and covered quickly with paint before addressing the obvious problem. Should attention to this be considered also?

Comment from Robert Milos, (10/1/2010, 2:13 PM)

Wow, this is a good article and that's a great observation about plywood already compromised from the factory. I'm also a house painter and home improvement guy in NJ and we've moved to using weather shielded plywood in all environments where we can't guarantee a consistent dry environment. I'm not sure this is the best solution but it seems safer. We also use very durable coatings that have perm ratings that show them to be breathable. We've used these successfully in hotel environments near air conditioners where the typical vinyl wallpaper just traps moisture and the wall is invariably black with mold when the vinyl is removed.

Comment from Susan Morris, (10/5/2010, 9:52 AM)

Someone is lacking knowledge of the use of Potassium Silicate Mineral paint to prevent mold, mildew and all the above mentioned problems. It is used for masonry surfaces which includes all cementious products such as Hardi Board, Drirock etc. Suggest you broaden your view point the Potassium Silicate Mineral paint also meets and exceeds all the current requirements by the EPA and Environmental Quality folks. Susan Morris, President- Int-Ext Environmental Finishes.Inc.ssmorris@zipnet.us

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