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Investigation: New Home Heartbreak
Trump - NAHB Homebuilders Shoddy Construction and Forced Arbitration
Thursday, 07 October 2004

Construction Defects, Defective Building Materials, Mold and Health Issues

Indoor Mold Exposure
Finally the victims of indoor mold exposure are being acknowledged... Thousands of stories all essentially the same... an epidemic nationwide resulting from poor construction, poor maintenance, new building materials, ignorance and greed... We live in paper building made of calk and paper… building that leak...
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New feature - 2005 Monday Morning Mold Updates

Report: The Texas Department of Insurance Toxic Mold Hearings
Prepared by: HomeOwners for  Better Building

Submitted to: The Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, Wahsington, DC
August 12, 2002



Outstanding Report
Building Science Corporation - Water Management Details
Water Management Concept
Controlling rain and ground water is the most important factor to designing a durable building. One of the best methods for controlling rainwater is by ensuring that water is effectively drained down and out of the building and assemblies. The various levels of drainage that are considered are as follows:
Drain the site
Drain the house
Drain the assembly
Drain the opening
Drain the component
Drain the material

Jury Finds Toxic Mold Harmed Oregon Family, Holds Construction Company Responsible
In one of the first toxic mold jury verdicts in the Northwest, the jury found in favor of Paul and Renee Haynes and awarded the Sandy family $498,418 for breach of contract as well as personal injury to Renee Haynes and sons Michael, 6, and Liam, 4.

Mold...The Destroyer
For five whole years, we didn't know what was making us ill. All my parents could say is it must be God's will. One doctor said one thing, one doctor said another. All I know is I almost lost my mother.

Your Leaking House
This website is dedicated to help all home and commercial building owners to keep water out of your buildings. We have invested a huge amount of time in this business and hope this website will help anyone who has moisture related problems with the building they own or lease. There are many ways to correctly install building products properly to keep water out of your building. Ask questions of the experts on the forum

Mayfield Thermography Consulting Services, Inc.
Insurance CLUE Reports
A huge database not only tracks claims, it also looks for risks such as toxic mold. That's why homeowners with even minor water damage are being canceled -- and are sometimes unable to sell.

Sick Schools Can Mean Sick Kids
What to look for..

Toxic Intruder...Black Mold Panic Has Families Fleeing Their Homes
Is it in your home?

Mold found in St. Lucie school ducts
Fort Pierce Tribune - Fort Pierce,FL,USA
Days after saying initial air tests from Mariposa Elementary School showed no mold, a more thorough laboratory analysis of the school's ventilation system ...

Ventilation System Blamed For Students' Sicknesses
WPBF, FL - May 18, 2005
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Angry parents protested outside a Port St. Lucie School on Wednesday, saying the air quality in the school ...

See what the naked eye can not...

For rapid and graphic detection of pending equipment failures, energy & pollution leaks, construction flaws and other invisible concerns, nothing can match infrared thermal imaging. It is the tool of choice for NDI (Non-Destructive Inspection) and is often the most cost-effective means to find problems before they cost you and your business big money...Thermography saves time & money.

You can see issues instantly with clarity and precision. Moreover, the data and images seen can easily be recorded for review and documentation.






Possible Design Flaw Causes Mold
WPVI - Philadelphia,PA,USA
May 20, 2005 -- Two South Jersey schools are facing a costly fix for a growing mold problem, which officials say does not pose an immediate health threat. ...

How mold harms health
Nashville City Paper - Nashville,TN,USA
However, some molds, commonly called toxic mold, also produce poisonous substances, primarily associated with their spores, called mycotoxins (mycology is the ...

Gaylord: Mold removal ‘went very well'
Hampton Union - Exeter,NH,USA
HAMPTON - Superintendent James Gaylord said a "thorough" cleaning conducted during April school vacation to get rid of mold and other health issues in Hampton ...

Brookhill changes cleaning solution to curb mold
The Decatur Daily - Decatur,AL,USA
... "We've disposed of all the cleaners and are now using the environmentally safe cleaners.". Brookhill closed 52 days in 2000 for mold cleanup. ...

Nov 10 2002 HomeOwners for Better Building submits mold report to The Federal Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee titled: "The Texas Department of Insurance Toxic Mold Hearing." 

Sep 20 2002 How Many Ways Can Mold Impact Real Estate Professionals?

Mold remediation of a synthetic stucco
Life Forms home in The Woodlands TX.

Aug 20 2002 Home insurance: Out of control Three Part Series:
Aug 20 2002 Candidates join debate on insurance Part 3 of 3 By W. Gardner Selby  Express-News Austin Bureau Bill Stinson, spokesman for the Texas Association of Realtors, said insurance rates have "slammed onto everybody's plate." His group is organizing a coalition to seek rate regulation and reduce inappropriate denials of coverage.

Aug 19 2002 A mess of mold  Part 2 of 3 By L.A. Lorek  Express-News Business Writer  For nearly two years, Henry Idar and his wife have pleaded with Farmers Insurance to get their house back into livable condition. Included:

Homeowners raising roof over insurance costs  Part 1 of  3. By Travis E. Poling  Express-News Business Writer "We believe that homeowners are being price-gouged," said Dan Lambe of Texas Watch, a consumer advocacy organization in Austin. "I can't think of an issue that's affecting families more. People just can't afford a 100 percent increase in homeowner's insurance."

Aug 19 2002 Breaking the mold.  Get to source of water leaks to fend off this fungus By Sadie Jo Smokey The Arizona Republic. What's all the fuss? Money, health and livelihood. Here are 10 common beliefs about mold and the truths behind them.

Aug 19 2002 The United States Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act of 2002 or thee Melina Bill. [H.R.5040.IH] 

[Background]The Fungus Among Us Scientists, Government Officials Search for Answers to Moldy Questions By Geraldine Sealey ABCNews.com But Walker's story is different from anybody else's. She happens to be the office manager and district scheduler for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a veteran Democratic congressman from Detroit, who will introduce federal legislation in the next few weeks named "Melina's Bill" for Walker's daughter. The bill aims to protect consumers from the physical and financial effects of toxic mold damage. 

Congressional Subcommittees on Housing and Community Opportunity And  Oversight and Investigations Joint Hearing entitled "Mold: A Growing  Problem" 

House Committee on Financial Services 

Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee 

Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee Membership


Aug 12 2002 Mold Takes Hold By JO-ANN JOHNSTON Yes, mold sometimes follows an event insurance will cover, like strong wind or a rainstorm. But mold also can follow leakage caused by a construction defect, such as a gap between the roof and the walls or the wall and the floor, or just poor roof maintenance such as inattention to leaks.

Aug 7 2002 Victims, insurers raise a stink about toxic moldBy Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer. If insurers didn't drag their feet on paying mold claims, they could fix toxic mold damage more cheaply, before it spreads, and without lawsuits.

Aug 1 2002 Homeowners, Insurance Officials Face Off On Mold (see video of public hearing and story at http://www.nbc6.net/news/1585200/detail.html PLANTATION,  Homeowners attending a public hearing with state and insurance officials Tuesday voiced anger over what they said is a growing mold problem in Broward County.

Aug 1 2002 Homeowners and insurers differ over impact of mold Homeowners, insurers at odds BY MICHAEL A.W. OTTEY This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it "At least 300 people crammed into Plantation City Hall for the forum. Among them were people with claims that mold has forced them out of their homes and cost them their health, not to mention huge financial losses."

July 31 2002 Florida Mold Hearings have started. More slated. Two other hearings will be held in Tampa and Orlando in August and will be announced once dates and locations are determined. Written comments will also be considered by the department and can be sent to: Steve Roddenberry, Florida Department of Insurance, Division of Insurer Services, 200 East Gaines St. or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jul 23 2002 Florida Dept of Insurance Announces Public Hearings on Mold. The South Florida hearing is schedule for July 30, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Plantation at the Plantation City Council Chambers, 400 NW 73rd Ave. 

Two other hearings will be held in Tampa and Orlando in August and will be announced once dates and locations are determined.

Jul 19 2002 "There is no evidence that building designs and construction practices are responsible for the increase in mold claims. Moreover, there is no evidence that mold is more prevalent in new homes than in older homes." --Gerald M. Howard, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Home Builders 

Congressional Subcommittees on Housing and Community Opportunity And  Oversight and Investigations Joint Hearing entitled "Mold: A Growing  Problem" Thursday, July 18, 2002

Feb 15, 2002 TX House Mold Hearings Audio Available. 

Feb 13, 2002 Current Events. Contact your officials concerning the mold issue in Texas:

Mold Task Force Hearing Schedule. 

Insurance Commissioner Jose Montemayor Mold Task Force:
The commissioner has removed mold coverage for our homes and has now appointed a mold task force stacked with the insurance industry and tort reform groups. This task force  does not have one single homeowner affected by mold contamination. To voice your opinion email:
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Texas House or Representative Insurance Committee:
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE 1. Review issues associated with homeowners'
insurance coverage of toxic mold and mold related claims. Consider measures  that would ensure appropriate coverage and remediation of damage and  maintain the viability of the homeowners' insurance market. To contact this committee send an email to:
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Texas Governor:
The Texas Governor Mansion was once remediated of mold contamination. Voice your opinion to the Governor about the rights of consumers and the need for protection of homeowners. Contact information acn be found at
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