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Organizing your community to bring public attention to builder’s bad deeds and seeking assistance from local, state and federal elected officials has proven to be more effective and much quicker for thousands of families. You do have choices and alternatives.  Janet Ahmad

Mold in the News
Mold in 590 Pultre Homes
Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Builder schedules massive mold cleanup
Mold is growing again in some of Pulte Homes' Apple Valley developments, prompting the company to schedule examinations of 590 homes. This time, the mold appears to be growing in the shower, between the panels and the wall...Mary Ann Greco said although the letter did not say the problem had to do with mold, once they called in, Pulte customer service informed them that it was indeed the pesky fungus.

IEQ Review
Wednesday, 20 September 2006

Study: Mold in Homes Doubles Risk of Asthma
Exposure to mold and dampness in homes as much as doubles the risk of asthma development in children, according to a study published today in the March issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Researchers studied 1,984 Finnish children aged 1 to 7 years over a six-year period to see if they developed asthma. Data collection included a baseline survey administered in March 1991, as well as a follow-up survey in March 1997, asking questions about the child's health, parents' health, parent's highest education level, and details of the child's environment including exposure to environmental tobacco.

Tennessee Builder accept no responsibility for construction defect & mold
Thursday, 14 September 2006

Mold creates nightmare at new home in Farragut
The Houses moved into their $400,000 home three months ago. They have a one-year homeowners warranty, yet they're stuck with the bill to clean up the mold. "The builder says he hired the sub but that's where his responsibility ends," Sherrie says. "He doesn't owe us anything." ...Sherrie now questions the whole point of the builder's homeowner's warranty. "This home is two-months-old. We shouldn't t have problems."

Builder refuses to repair leak and mold in the House's 2 month old New House
Tuesday, 05 September 2006

Knoxville Family Displaced By Mold
A West Knoxville family is displaced from their brand new home after they say mold from a leak in the bathtub took over and made them sick... "We're under a warranty for a whole year and if they won't take care of the warranty, what good is having one."

The IEQ Review
Wednesday, 16 August 2006

The IEQ Review August 16, 2006 Measuring Baseline IEQ Conditions

Mold Case Settled But Family Still Homeless
Saturday, 22 April 2006
In mold fight, state must lend a hand
The Chandlers spent four years, much of their time and all of their money fighting to be compensated for their unlivable home... Holidays came and went; years passed, and the Chandlers were still locked in a legal battle with the insurance company, trying to get justice for themselves and their kids. And at the end of the battle, at the end of four years of court fights, of homelessness, of watching their children suffer, the Chandlers are still without the one thing that started this in the first place: a home.
Habitat House Demolished
Saturday, 22 April 2006
Habitat house demolished after mold problem found
Mary and Darin McHenry watched Thursday as demolition workers scooped up debris from what once was their home and piled it into a big truck to haul it away... Habitat officials decided it would be less expensive to have it demolished and a new manufactured home moved in than to fix the problems. Bad breaks and mistakes have left Habitat officials with a big bill and an even bigger disappointment: the gift of a good Samaritan turned into a pile of boards and crumbled drywall. 

Mold in New School Settled After Long Battle
Saturday, 22 April 2006
Settlement Reached After Mold Found In Madison School
Almost three dozen teachers and students settled their four-year-long lawsuit on Friday against a construction company after mold was found in a Madison elementary school in 2001.Chavez Elementary School opened in 2001, but closed two months later because mold was apparently found in a majority of classrooms, WISC-TV reported. See extensive news coverage.
School Mold Settlement
Saturday, 22 April 2006
$650,000 settlement in Madison school mold case
The lawsuit claimed that the company that built the school allowed the mold to grow during construction. After the problems showed up, the school was closed, torn open, cleaned and reconstructed to rid it of mold in many classrooms. An investigation found that damp interior walls and other moisture problems had been allowed to go unchecked, leading to mold along ceiling tiles, baseboards and other parts of the building.
Mold & New Home Guide
Saturday, 15 April 2006
A California Builder’s Guide to Reducing Mold Risk
The research project which generated this report is titled “Energy-Efficient Mold-Resistant Building Materials and Construction Practices for New California Homes.” The project resulted from a concern that mold in residential construction has become a prominent public issue in recent years, and that mold problems may have implications for energy consumption. The people of California funded this project under the PIER program (Public Interest Energy Research), which is administered by the California Energy Commission on their behalf. Mold & New Home Guide 
Beware of Mold - Investor Sells HUD Condemned House
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Before buying a home, check for mold
Rubdie now has fans, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers throughout the house to try to cut down on the moisture and mold. Meanwhile, she says, "I received an anonymous HUD listing in the mail and it said this house had been condemned. It said there was no admittance to the property because of toxic mold." In the year since HUD found the toxic mold, the house was sold twice before Rubdie bought it. During that time it was gutted and fixed up but wetness in the concrete slab apparently remains. That moisture causes mold growth inside the walls that rest on the concrete.
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