- Dampness in buildings can promote other exposure sources aside from mold such as bacteria, dust mites, cockroaches and chemical releases associated with some building materials.
- Since multiple agents may be present in damp buildings simultaneously, accurately attributing particular health effects to one particular exposure source, such as mold growth, can be difficult.
- Exposure to building dampness and dampness-related agents including mold has been recognized nationally and at the state and local level as a potential public health problem.
- The strongest evidence exists for associations between indoor mold exposures and upper and lower respiratory health effects such as nasal symptoms and asthma exacerbation's.
- Asthma and other allergic respiratory diseases that can be exacerbated by mold exposures are common in NYS. This means many people are at risk for exacerbation of their respiratory conditions by exposure to mold conditions in buildings.
- NYS and NYC should continue to improve building code requirements that address building design, construction techniques and property maintenance so that they prevent or minimize the potential for water problems to occur. They should both work within the framework of the International Code Council (ICC) code adoption process to monitor and develop proposals to prevent or minimize mold in new and existing buildings.
- Provide targeted training and education to CEOs to improve understanding of subtle moisture problems in buildings (e.g., uncontrolled air flows causing condensation) and to enable them to address potential or existing water and mold problems more effectively.
Citation: New York State Toxic Mold Task Force, Final Report to the Governor and Legislature, New York State Department of Health New York State Department of State, December 2010
RBc: This is another recommended read for those having an interest in IAQ and specifically mold. Again it’s about keeping buildings dry. Participating elements of the construction industry need to study this stuff – we do a three day course on IAQ with a heavy emphasis on building science for this very reason.
Suggested reading Mold