Preventing mold in buildings should begin before construction, with building materials and systems protected from the elements. "Over the years mold and mildew has been a concern to the public," Carl Lawson, chair of the ASHRAE task group on moisture management in buildings. "In today's society it is an even larger problem. In the past few years, we have developed new building materials and means and methods to build buildings. This has enhanced the problem of mold and mildew."
Prevention is more important than ever, due to documented evidence of health problems, and even deaths, related to mold and mildew, he said. A seminar titled Mold and Mildew Mitigation in Construction will be held as part of the technical program at ASHRAE's 2003 Winter Meeting, January 25-29, in Chicago. The seminar will be held from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Monday, January 27. It is sponsored by the task group.