Is yucky stuff growing in the corners?

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Mold is often a, forgive the pun, growing problem for Alaska homeowners, especially in the fall, when increasing dampness seems to inspire its growth under sinks and in corners of unventilated closets.

There's assistance at hand in the form of a Nov. 3 workshop titled, "Got Mold? We Can Help." The one-day workshop/seminar is a collaboration between the Cooperative Extension Service, the United States' Healthy Indoor for America's Homes program and the Construction Technology Department of the University of Alaska Southeast.

Primary instructor will be Terry Brennan, one of America's experts on mold, indoor air quality, and the physics of buildings. Brennan is president of Camroden Associates of Westmoreland, N.Y., and has been studying building forensics for more than 20 years. He holds an M.S. in environmental sciences from Antioch College. His clients have included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York state Energy Research and Development Authority.

A second presenter is Richard Seifert, an energy specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Third presenter is Marquam George of Blu Spruce Construction. George is a construction technology instructor at the University of Alaska Southeast and the Southeast Alaska trainer for the American Lung Association's Health Home program.

This workshop helps individuals make decisions to prevent or reduce exposures to indoor fungal contamination. It integrates building and health sciences and is based on the University system's experience in mold remediation. It addresses mold remediation in commercial, educational, health care, institutional, public and residential facilities including apartment buildings.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bill Ray Center, Room 153, simultaneously with the state homebuilders' annual conference. Fee is $35, which will include lunch and perhaps snacks and refreshments at the breaks, said Marquam George, who is coordinating Brennan's appearance. The workshop is funded by grants from the National Extension Program and Health Indoor Air for America's Homes.

Anyone interested in the workshop should call Marquam George at 465-8774.


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