The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the first national standard to focus solely on mold and moisture issues in the construction of new buildings.
The ANSI / GREENGUARD Environmental Institute Mold and Moisture Management Standard for New Construction (ANSI / GEI – MMS1001) was developed by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) and recently approved and published by ANSI.
The standard details design, construction and maintenance practices for preventing the harmful growth of mold. Moisture, and in turn mold, can ruin indoor environmental quality, compromise building materials and building systems and cost thousands of dollars to fix. Preventing these risks protect financial investments while preserving the structural integrity and air quality of the building.
“We are very excited to bring such a valuable resource to the building industry,” stated Henning Bloech, executive director of GEI. “With mold and moisture issues negatively impacting so many buildings and building occupants, we recognized a need for a consensus-developed standard to address this devastating problem.”
Work on the standard began in March 2007. The Consensus Board, which developed the measure, included professionals from architecture, academia, commercial construction, finance, legal, insurance, engineering, home building and building science.
Receiving ANSI approval validates the standard and ensures it will be a valuable resource for the marketplace. An electronic or hard copy version of the standard is available for purchase at www.greenguard.org.