Pre-Conference Workshops

Forensic Water Damage and Mold Assessments: Insights into Conducting a Defensible Assessment

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Description:
 

There is more to a mold or water damage than collecting samples and providing a remediation protocol. Determining the origin, the cause and in some cases the time frame for water damage and/or conditions resulting in mold growth are overlooked. The intent of this workshop is to provide a practical approach for conducting a forensic water damage/mold assessment with the tools and the insight to navigate today’s challenges and litigious environment. The workshop will be broken up into two main discussions: The first being discussions pertaining to the importance of the scientific method, must have equipment and their uses, how to collect background information, insights into conducting an assessment and important aspects of report writing. The second discussion we will look to dive deeper into specific subject matter assessments including building envelope, residential plumbing, HVAC, tile and wood flooring, and the use of sampling.

Speakers: 

  • Jeremy Beagle
  • Richard Price

The ABCs of VOCs

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Description:

A concentrated course for the practitioners performing a residential VOC assessment.  We will look at the definitions, the standards, the sampling tools and data results and interpretations. This promises to be an informative, and practical course for the field practitioner. 

At the end of this half day course, the attendee will have refined their skill sets in performing an IAQ investigation.  They will understand the uses and limitations of various sampling techniques.  They will have access to EPA standards for data comparisons.  They will get an understanding of the laboratory requirements and limitations, and they will learn how to read raw analytical data. 

Speaker:

  • Luke von Oldenburg

Practical Mold Assessments

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Description:

This workshop will focus on the practical aspects of mold assessments using experience learned from over 30 years of performing mold assessment. The types of mold assessments include pre-sale, health, property damage, before & after clean-ups, odor sources etc.
Workshop Outline: (1) Questions to ask the potential client; (2) Pre-assessment; (3) Sampling strategies; (4) Why test for mold; (5) What has changed - why is mold a growing concern? (6) Mold and moisture basics - causes and types of mold; (7) Signs and symptoms conducive to fungal growth; (8) Visible assessment; (9) Understanding testing methods and interpretation; (10) Understanding limitations; (11) Report outline and presenting information to the client; (12) It's not always mold - other factors; (13) Remediation, (14) Practical examples.

Speakers:

  • Michael Myer
  • Martin Schwan