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Abita Springs, LA January 11, 2018 NORMI announced today that for the first quarter of 2018, mold classes are being held in a variety of onsite locations for both private companies and the local professionals.  These classes feature the propriety concurrent training approach assembling assessors and remediators in the same classroom and some are specifically […]


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September 22, 2017 Abita Springs, LA Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, held a FREE public seminar in Treasure Island, FL on Wednesday night helping property owners understand how to protect themselves for the health problems associated with mold.  Prior to the seminar, Fox 13 News Tampa […]



Abita Springs, LA “I was able to ask questions specific to my business, touch the tools and connect with other professionals who could supplement what I don’t do.  It was a great way to build a team.” “It was worth the investment.  Yes, I had to spend a couple of nights in a hotel but […]


NORMI Water Classes Will Change Your Business!

Abita Springs, LA NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, announces a brand-new direction for mold professionals.  Water extraction and drying classes are now a part of the onsite training program offered to mold professionals, both assessors and remediators.  The classes are designed to educate anyone who does emergency drying or water losses […]


Ask a Mold Expert: What Do I Use to Kill Mold on a Roof?

We often get some very interesting questions from our members, and others in the building and construction community. We recently were posed one that we believe would be helpful for the public. A roofing contractor recently sent us this message: “I saw your article about sodium hypochlorite not killing mold on asphalt roofing by Doug Hoffman. I […]


Salem VA Cited for Mold Exposure

REPRINT from Source: Roanoke Times 03/28/2017 A federal workplace safety agency has cited the Salem VA Medical Center for a serious violation for allowing employees to be exposed to indoor mold, thereby creating unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections of Building 75 at the Department of Veterans Affairs […]


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Business Travelers Raise Hotel Air Quality Concerns

Some local hotels invest in making rooms more breathable, including wallpaper that helps prevent mildew.

A Wall Street Journal report

"I think the capacity to be able to evaluate and respond to indoor air quality concerns is of recent vintage, about the last decade," he said.

"As more has been learned, the industry has been learned, the industry has been sought to be responsive and keep up with the trends."

The Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore recently changed the wallpaper in all 238 rooms, installing a breathable vinyl paper, said engineering director Ray Fowler.

The paper costs a bit more than the air tight variety, Fowler said, but it is perforated to allow air in and out. Also, the wallpaper glue contains mildew killing chemical.

The hotel maintains a proper humidity level in the rooms and proper turnover of air. Fresh air enters under the door and is blown out through an exhaust system in the bathroom, he said.

Tampa's newest hotel, the 717-room Tampa Marriot Waterside, will feature breathable wallpaper when it opens next March, said marketing director Gary Hughes.

And the company has invested quite a bit of money in making sure the air handling and circulating systems are every bit as state-of-the-art as the hotels telecommunications features, he said.

Neicei Degen walked into her hotel room at Hilton Washington & Towers looking forward to a relaxing week in the capital. She walked right out.

The problem, the Peabody, Mass., administrator says, wasn't the glitzy décor or the limited view. It was the air, which she describes as a musty blend of stale air and cleaning fumes.

"I didn't know what the blazes hit me," says Degen, who is chemically sensitive. "It was a beautiful hotel room, but I had to get out of there."

Degen learned something most travelers never suspect: Hotels might add Internet lines and spruce up suites, but air quality isn't getting a much attention.

Experts say it may sometimes cause everything from headaches to fatigue.

Clinics from San Francisco to Boston specializing in travel health say almost 25 percent of patients who are frequent hotel guests complain about air quality.

At Travel Health Services, a clinic in Manhattan, patient complaints range from kitchen fumes to bad ventilation, says the medical director, Bradley Connor. He adds the number is growing. It's such an issue that some companies - and even a few travelers - are hiring environmental consultants to check out hotels before they check in.

The problems range from old air- conditioning systems to airtight wallpaper that designers love, but building engineers hate. (They say as good as it looks, its even better at growing mildew.) And that's not to mention paint fumes, cleaning solvents and deodorizers brewing in a typical room.

The outside air has its own problems, from pollution to pollen, that circulate through any hotel. Rick Layton, chief executive officer at Servidyne Systems Inc., a building-engineering company in Atlanta, estimates that only about half of all hotels provide air that's adequately clean.

"A lot of hotels are just afraid to deal with it," he says, adding that telltale signs range from the smell of mold to stale air.

Even many hotel chains say indoor air quality deserves more attention, especially in light of so-called sick-building syndrome. Some prominent chains are improving maintenance schedules on air-conditioning systems and using more environmentally friendly cleaning products. Others are ripping out wallpaper that can produce too much mold.

In the Tampa Bay area, many hotels have comprehensive engineering departments in charge of dealing with indoor air quality, said Bob Morrison, executive director of Hillsborough County Hotel and Motel Association.


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