A key goal of any “green” building project is to ensure the indoor environment is comfortable and safe, which includes making sure the building is designed, built and operated to prevent indoor mold growth. To help owners, developers, and general contractors successfully integrate moisture and mold management into their projects, Air Quality Sciences (AQS) introduces a comprehensive Moisture Management Plan that leads to GREENGUARD Certification of the building.
“Although recognized as vitally important to the success and financial viability of any building project, mold and moisture management can be very challenging. The AQS Moisture Management Plan offers a comprehensive suite of services and expert guidance in a user-friendly program geared to the special needs of the design and construction teams,” said Marilyn S. Black, PhD, chairman and chief scientist of Air Quality Sciences.
Moisture management services are provided during the design, construction and occupancy phases of new construction. These include document reviews, on-site inspections, mold and moisture mapping, building clearance testing, training of staff, and implementation of continued mold prevention processes.
The Moisture Management Plan can be used to earn the GREENGUARD Mold Protection CertificationT. This important credential from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) certifies that best practices were used throughout design, construction, and occupancy phases to safeguard against damage and loss caused by mold. These best practices have been consolidated into a national, voluntary standard by the GEI.
GREENGUARD Certification is a critical step in protecting a building from losses associated with moisture intrusion and mold contamination. Participation in the certification program also increases the value of the building and the contractor’s reputation and maximizes the overall success of each new construction project. Owners, developers, and designers gain a competitive advantage by constructing healthier, high quality buildings that command premium pricing and greater tenant retention.
Air Quality Sciences, Inc. is a fully integrated indoor air quality (IAQ) company that provides solutions to create healthy indoor environments and avoid potentially dangerous indoor pollution. As the only IAQ firm with internal labs that are both ISO 9001:2000 registered and AIHA EMLAP accredited, AQS sets the standard for effective diagnoses and solutions. AQS also is a test laboratory and technical lead for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes product and building standards for indoor air quality. GREENGUARD’s goal is to improve public health and quality of life by helping manufacturers build better and safer products.