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E50 Subcommittee Drafts New Standard Guide for Screening of Readily Observable Mold

The first draft of a baseline mold survey document produced by ASTM International, Guide for Readily Observable Mold in Commercial Buildings: Transaction Screen Process, has been developed by Subcommittee E50.02 on Real Estate Assessment and Management. The subcommittee welcomes additional interested parties to participate in work on this standard.

Providing a standard screen for the surveying of mold within buildings is at the hub of this activity. Subcommittee E50.02, part of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, consists of volunteers with backgrounds in law, engineering, architecture, environmental and property condition assessment, insurance, banking, and real estate. The goals of the subcommittee are to:

• Establish a standard practice for screening commercial real estate for readily observable mold;
• Improve the quality and consistency of mold screenings; and
• Ensure that the practice of conducting mold screenings is appropriate, reasonable, and reflective of current good industry practice.

“Mold-screening surveys provide interested parties involved in real-estate transactions with information regarding the presence of visible mold resulting from water/moisture intrusion and/or generation within buildings,” says Robert Barone, R.A., a 20-year
veteran of real-estate assessment and remediation, and co-chairman of the subcommittee task group established to draft the standard. “Involved parties use a wide range of assessment and screening scopes to address visible mold. Without a standard format, mold screenings lack a standard baseline for assessment.”

To provide a basis for uniformity, Committee E50 initiated the draft Guide for Readily Observable Mold in Commercial Buildings: Transaction Screen Process in October 2003. The scope is to “define good commercial practice for conducting a transactional screen of a commercial building with respect to the presence of readily observable mold. As such, the standard is intended to allow the user to assess the potential need for further assessment or action beyond that identified in this standard.”

For further technical information, contact Robert W. Barone, R.A., president of Moisture & IAQ Solutions, Inc., White Plains, N.Y. (phone: 914/694-4997). The task group’s next meeting will be scheduled during E50’s Committee Week events, April 20-22, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For membership or meeting details, contact Dan Smith, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9727). //

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