ATLANTA – October 8, 2009 – The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is proud to announce the approval and publication of its “ANSI / GREENGUARD Environmental Institute Mold and Moisture Management Standard for New Construction (ANSI / GEI – MMS1001)” by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
This important national standard is the
first to focus solely on mold and moisture issues that can arise in the
construction of new buildings. Moisture, and in turn mold, can ruin indoor
environmental quality, compromise building materials and building systems and
cost thousands of dollars to fix. Preventing these risks protect financial
investments while preserving the structural integrity and air quality of the
building. The standard details design, construction and maintenance practices
for preventing the harmful growth of mold.
“We are very excited to bring such a valuable resource to the building
industry,” stated Henning Bloech, Executive Director of GEI. “With mold and
moisture issues negatively impacting so many buildings and building occupants,
we recognized a need for a consensus-developed standard to address this devastating
problem. We applaud and thank the Consensus Board and numerous Public
Commenters who helped us develop and craft this standard over the past two
To ensure the standard was developed with comprehensive construction expertise
the Consensus Board, which first met on March 13, 2007, was comprised of
professionals from diverse backgrounds including architecture, academia,
commercial construction, finance, legal, insurance, engineering, home building
and building science professions.
As part of the ANSI
process, the standard was opened for public comment by all interested
stakeholders. These comments were valuable in developing the most robust, yet
practical national guidance on this important issue. Receiving ANSI approval
validates the standard and ensures it will be a valuable resource for the
marketplace. An electronic or hard copy version of the standard is available
for purchase at www.greenguard.org.