The Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition has announced that August is Mold Awareness Month.

“It’s fair to say that Green Building is the dominant trend in construction today, as builders strive to utilize recycled materials, or materials that are low in embedded energy or are low in energy usage,” said Mike Poellinger, chairman of the Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition. “Both are important goals, but they must be pursued in a way that allows buildings to manage and repel moisture.”

To keep mold out of the home:

Avoid complex roof designs that trap rainwater in valleys that do not drain.

Never install wet building materials.

Flashings must be installed around all doors, windows and chimneys-driving moisture outside of the building.

Only install drywall once the home has been closed in, and give joint compound enough time to dry before it is painted or covered.

Be sure there is adequate ventilation; energy efficient homes and buildings can often trap moisture leading to mold.

Select the right type of wallboard for high-moisture rooms like kitchens and baths.

The Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition comprises 14 companies, associations, and government and academic organizations that are dedicated to identifying and communicating accurate, science-based information on mold prevention and control. RSMC is funded by grants from USG Corp., National Gypsum and American Gypsum.

For more information on these and other mold-resistant building tips, visit www.responsiblemoldsolutions.org. A free brochure on mold-fighting tips is available by e-mailinginfo@responsiblemoldsolutions.org.