AIHA Launches Mold Resource Center

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) launched a Mold Resource Center, an online reference guide for consumers and professionals to learn fast facts on mold, the potential adverse health effects of mold exposure, why remediation and prevention is important, what to do if you are victim of an indoor flood, and where to find help to prevent mold infestation.

In addition to natural catastrophes, such as the recent Hurricane Joaquin that caused historic rainfall and flooding in the Carolinas, excessive indoor moisture in a building can lead to mold problems, resulting in an increased risk of respiratory disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

AIHA’s Mold Resource Center provides information to consumers and industry professionals regarding mold, including:

  • Facts About Mold (general information).
  • Flood Response Resources.
  • A listing of additional online resources about mold.
  • Detailed articles about mold from AIHA’s trusted news source, the Synergist magazine.
  • Access to mold related publications and educational courses.
  • 2015 AIHA Consultants Listing, where one can search for mold specialists by state.

The term “mold” is a colloquial term for a group of filamentous fungi that are common on food or wet materials. Indoors, mold needs moisture to grow; it becomes a problem only where there is water damage, elevated and prolonged humidity, or dampness.

“The AIHA Mold Resource Center should be the first stop on the internet for professionals, homeowners and business owners affected by mold growth and contamination caused by flooding, storms, and water intrusion into buildings,” says Donald Weekes, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, member of the AIHA Board of Directors’ Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee. “The center provides up-to-date information useful for the detection of mold in buildings, as well as the successful remediation of the contamination.”

Previously, AIHA launched a Formaldehyde Resource Center to equip consumers with concerns regarding overexposure to formaldehyde in laminate wood flooring and other products found in homes with resourceful information.

Agreement to Produce Ultra-premium Concrete Roof Tile that Enhances Thermal Insulation

Industrial Nanotech Inc., a provider of nanotechnology-based energy-saving solutions, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Eagle Roofing Products, a division of Burlingame Industries and a U.S. manufacturer of quality concrete roof tiles. Under the agreement, Eagle Roofing Products will produce an ultra-premium concrete roof tile with the company’s patented penetrating roof coating applied during the manufacturing process. This ultra-premium product will be marketed under the trade name Eagle Platinum.

This new premium tile, protected by patents and patents pending, provides enhanced thermal insulation and energy saving performance qualities, stays clean and resists growth of unsightly mold/mildew/bacteria, and incorporates UV protection to keep colors vibrant and beautiful longer even when subjected to the harshest of sunlight environments.

Eagle Roofing Products operates manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, strategically located in the southeast, southwest, and west coast markets. The plant in Rialto, Calif., is the largest concrete roof tile manufacturing facility in the world.

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. CEO/CTO Stuart Burchill stated, “I firmly believe that concrete roof tiles, an environmentally responsible and recyclable product with a long history of proven performance dating back to the 19th century, will continue to grow market share in the building industry as more and more consumers become aware of the exceptional aesthetics and long term durability that concrete roof tile offers. Our objective over the past 5 years was to establish a relationship with the best of the best in the roof tile manufacturing industry and combine our technology with their great product to produce an ultra-premium roof tile with exceptional performance qualities. I have no doubt that we have accomplished that objective and appreciate the opportunity to work with Eagle Roofing Products and their team of professionals.”

The coatings are low VOC, water-based, and sustainable.