Who is Al Jodoin?
Before you invest very heavily in mould training to become an “expert” in the client’s eyes, have a read of the following. The phrase “Mold is Gold” must have come out of either lawyers or remediation companies’ mouths. But the fear of mould has been really planted by the press wanting to sensationalize a story.
From an online journal The Mold Reporter 2002 “Air Quality in Review” article:
• Dr. Joseph Lstiburek, president, Building Science Corp., Westford, Mass.: “The biggest news is the insurance people getting out of covering mold claims. This is great news because the easy money is gone. Now we are dealing with real money—yours and mine; insurance money was always viewed as someone else’s. Now, attorneys are wary of taking mold cases on contingency. They actually have to work for their money.”
• John Bower, owner, The Healthy House Institute, Bloomington, Ind.: "With all the publicity, more and more people are realizing that pollutants in the indoor air could make them sick. “The worst thing that has happened to the indoor air quality marketplace in the last year or so is also mold. This is because much of the media coverage is designed to sensationalize the topic and frighten the public - so much so, that the word ‘mold’ always seems to be preceded by the adjective ‘toxic.’ Thus, homeowners and building managers are scared to death of any minor infestation that might possibly be toxic mold, and they often ignore other health issues, such as combustion byproducts, VOCs, second-hand tobacco smoke and poor ventilation.”
• Larry D. Robertson, president and CEO, Mycotech Biological Inc, Jewett, Texas: “As industry leaders, our failure to have in place an appropriate outlet for public knowledge and education has resulted in gross misrepresentations and misunderstandings of basic IAQ fundamentals.”
• John Tiffany, president, Tiffany-Bader Environmental Inc., Titusville, New Jersey: “The worst is the rush of people into the mold testing and remediation field. There’s nothing wrong with starting out new, but I see a lot of reports put out by firms that clearly have never taken any mold training courses. At least do your homework before dashing out into something new.”
See: The Truth about Mouldhttp://www.jrvhomeinspections.com/main/The_Truth_About_Mold
I would recommend that you read some on Mr. Connell post’s to help you make up your mind on Mould courses
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AIr quality is one of those fields where experience and having a multidisciplinary background or having a multidisciplinary team is a major and necessary asset.
From the above website “Indoor Air Quality” section:
“For example, we solved one “indoor air quality” problem by discovering that the sun was shining in on the office personnel, making them miserable. The “indoor air quality problem” was solved by simply installing blinds.”
In 1991, had a similar situation in a community college in Saint John, NB that is uphill from the largest oil refinery the Maritimes. There were different air quality problems in various parts of the school but none related to the refinery. The original part of the school with the complaints had autobody repair, auto repair, hair dressing courses as well as non-operating fans/poorly balanced air systems.
The upper floor of a “clean” wing of the school had quite a few complainers. It had 25-26 degree C air temps (77-80F) as well as the sun shining on students and quite low relative humidity (26-28%) during parts of the February investigation period. Thus we did not have an IAQ problem but a comfort conditions problem being construed as IAQ.