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New Toxic Mould Identification

2011-07-18

July 18, 2011, Press Dispensary. Building Forensics was recently featured in Channel 4’s ‘Help my House is Falling Down’ and ‘Homes from Hell’, identifying toxic mould and black mould which are said to be affecting homeowners and family health. These TV appearances have led to a dramatic rise in enquiries regarding the health effects of toxic mould.

The identification of toxic mould is traditionally very difficult and expensive, using current sampling techniques. However, Building Forensics has made agreements with a USA government licensed laboratory to analyse mould samples using the new PCR DNA technique. This DNA technique has gained approval with the World Health Organisation, which confirmed the benefits over usual culture based methods.

The Building Forensics process for creating mould reports is not only faster but more economical and accurate than anything else currently offered in the UK
Jeff Charlton

Building Forensics spokesman, Jeff Charlton, said: “We now offer the most economical and useful mould reports in the UK, which include analysis of both live and dead ‘Total Spore Counts’.  The significance of DNA and Total Spore Counts is that they not only speciate the moulds but identify the possibly more hazardous, non-viable fragments of dead mould too.

Building Forensics provides detailed inspections of damp and mould affected properties, following internationally recognised guidelines. These surveys start with a review of the building’s construction and condition, followed by moisture mapping to assess areas of high humidity or moisture content. A mould sampling plan is then made to accommodate risk areas identified. The sampling is sent to the USA by overnight courier and laboratory analysis is received within 24 hours of receipt.

“The Building Forensics process for creating mould reports is not only faster but more economical and accurate than anything else currently offered in the UK,” said Charlton.

While the accurate identification of mould is important to the medical and legal profession, property owners are more interested in remediation.

Charlton added: “We constantly come up against reports which suggest ‘Life Style’ issues are responsible for mould growth and condensation. But invariably we find very simple defects which can be economically resolved, meaning that long-tail maintenance issues and complaints can be halted at a fraction of the normal extended maintenance costs.”

He continues: “It seems that, in the 21st century, ‘Life Style mould’, which plagued our ancestors, is now being blamed on cooking without saucepan lids or not leaving the windows open in the middle of the winter.

“In fact, fuel poverty, tight buildings and building defects are causing increasing health and construction problems; accurate identification of mould and its causation are key issues which Building Forensics is addressing quickly and economically.”

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Notes for editors
Building Forensics investigates building damage, defects and occupant health. It is part of the www.999team.org which provides specialist assistance in all areas of disaster recovery and natural disasters.

For further information, please contact:
Jeff Charlton HFBDMA CIEH, Building Forensics
Tel: 07990 500 999
Email:
Site: www.buildingforensics.co.uk
Twitter: @jefforensic

Media contacts

Jeff Charlton HFBDMA CIEH
Tel: 07990 500 999
Email:
Site: www.buildingforensics.co.uk
Twitter: @jefforensic

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