Molds and fungi are naturally occurring organisms. It is estimated that almost 20 to 25% of the earth’s biomass is composed of fungi. The scientific community has identified approximately 100,000 species of fungi of which only several dozens are commonly identified during building investigations. It is estimated that there is up to a million more species that have yet to be described. In fact, fungi are necessary for existence on this planet serving and the chief decomposers of organic materials. Without fungi, we and all other living organisms on this planet would be mired in organic material.
Although fungi are necessary to our existence on Earth, fungi spores and other associated materials (hyphal fragments, MVOCs, Mycotoxins and steroids) are real health issues. Most often, issues of excess moisture and/or water incursion are to blame. The use of organic materials in building construction with the addition of water or excess moisture can become a recipe for unwanted fungal growth. This can subsequently result in aesthetic and structural issues and have potential harmful effects on susceptible building occupants.
For the last decade, FACS has provided a broad range of services that address fungal and bacterial-related issues through using a wide array of methods and techniques including leading-edge genetic methods and infrared thermal imaging. Our consultants routinely inspect and sample for fungi and bacteria, providing highly useful solutions to the often complex issues associated with water intrusion and biological contamination. In addition, FACS has certified industrial hygiene experts who provide high level litigation support for a segment of the environmental industry that is noticeably absent of government regulation that relies on objective facts and fundamental science.
FACS has the capabilities and experience to assist on almost any project from a single apartment to a multi-story and multi-room hotel and from schools to commercial office buildings. Issues include tenant/landlord disputes, real estate disclosure and construction defect litigation. Our client base is diverse and includes home owners, landlords, facility and building engineers, property managers and attorneys. Our services include sampling plans, data interpretation, critical analysis of opposing expert documents, evaluation of occupant exposures, providing specifications for remediation, post remediation verification, the development and implementation of operations and maintenance programs and training.