Renovation

More pressure to man up against mold

By Teri Karush Rogers | February 14, 2011 - 10:36AM

Bed bugs may be the new toxic mold, but as we've reported before, that doesn't mean mold is no longer a concern in both new and existing construction. Noting that NYC issued 14,290 violations for residential mold last year, the New York Times reports that the City Council may require mold-resistant drywall and other materials in areas prone to wetness. 

"One defense against infestations is mold-resistant drywall, usually installed in places prone to water damage or leaks, like bathrooms and kitchens, or near heating and air-conditioning units," says the NYT story. "These products — trade names include DensArmor Plus from Georgia-Pacific, Gold Bond XP from National Gypsum and Fiberock from USG — typically include specially formulated paper or fiberglass coatings. They are not much more expensive than traditional drywall, which is paper-faced gypsum board. But using them during construction can save millions in remediation down the line."

Another area of concern we hadn't heard of before involves fiberglass insulation around heating and air conditioning. Apparently, it can get extraordinarily moldy after a decade or so.

(NY Times; previously)

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she covered New York City real estate for the The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri holds a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University. 

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