Why Base The Mold Inspection Report on IICRC Conditional Areas?

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  1. Spurgeon redefines IICRC Conditions. We quote from his paper:

    “Conditional Areas as defined by IICRC in S520-2015. Conditional Areas, which typically have been applied to mold remediation plans, are defined as:

    • Condition 1: Areas not affected by a water intrusion incident [no restoration];
    • Condition 2: Areas affected by contaminant spores settling onto surfaces [restoration];
    • Condition 3: Areas affected by a water intrusion or elevated humidity [remediation].”

    Then goes on to make the case for the importance of a mold assessor to use Conditions for identifying remediation response. Whose definition of Conditions?

    Here’s the actual ANSI-Approved IICRC definitions of Conditions:

    • Condition 1 = “normal fungal ecology” = an indoor environment that may have settled spores, fungal fragments or traces of actual growth whose identity, location and quantity are reflective of a normal fungal ecology for a similar indoor environment.
    • Condition 2 = “settled spores” = an indoor environment which is primarily contaminated with settled spores that were dispersed directly or indirectly from a Condition 3 area, and which may have traces of actual growth.
    • Condition 3 = “actual growth” = an indoor environment contaminated with the presence of actual mold growth and associated spores. Actual growth includes growth that is active or dormant, visible or hidden.

  2. Before taking the side of IICRC against Spurgeon’s definition of Conditions, keep in mind the following disclaimer copied from page 6, IICRC S520-2015: [S520] “Does not establish procedures or criteria for assessing mold contamination in an indoor environment.” Yes, I know. Crazy because then S520 defines Assessment based on Fungal Contamination Conditions as the S520 procedure and criteria for both determining remediation response (type of containment) as well as remediation success … both by testing dust for settled spores. Not by visual methods, not by moisture detectors, and not by air sampling.

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