Medically sound investigation and remediation of water-damaged Buildings in cases of CIRS-WDB
Larry Schwartz CIEC, BSME, MBA, Greg Weatherman CMC, Michael Schrantz CIEC, CMI, BPI-BA/EP, Will Spates CIAQP, CIEC, Jeff Charlton, ACIEC, AACIEH, Keith Berndtson MD, Ritchie Shoemaker MD
Internal review performed by The Professionals Panel of www.survivingmold.com
This consensus statement on the prevention, assessment, and remediation of water damaged buildings and the maintenance of indoor environmental quality follows a companion medical consensus statement written by physician colleagues (“SM Certified Physicians”) of the Professionals Panel of www.survivingmold.com. The prior consensus focuses on medical issues found in patients who have a chronic inflammatory illness syndrome acquired following exposure to the interior environment of water-damaged buildings (CIRS-WDB). In cases of CIRS-WDB, we recommend methods for (i) finding causes of and preventing water damage to built environments; (ii) investigating and remediating WDBs when occupants suffer from CIRS-WDB; (iii) maintaining indoor environmental quality (IEQ) over the long-term; and (iv) determining that a damp indoor environment has been remediated and treated successfully such that occupants with CIRS-WDB may safely re-occupy the remediated space.