Dozens of seminars and workshops informed and educated hundreds of people over the past two days. I was one of many in attendance for the "Mould, Moisture and Related Building Envelope Failures" workshop given by Bruce Stewart and Phil Brearton of Pinchin Environmental. A handful of their many excellent points included:
- Municipalities are now required to inspect a building if notified by police that the building housed a marijuana grow-op (which are notorious for causing ruinous mould infestations);
- In 2004, the Canadian Construction Association developed and published guidelines for dealing with mould in various stages and circumstances, including initial construction of buildings and in remediating subsequent infestations — worth being aware of;
- A maintenance tip to help prevent water entering into a building: Don’t make repairs overtop existing repairs. While caulking over existing caulk might look nice and make us feel secure, it is an ineffective repair.