This guidance document offers baseline best practices to address moisture intrusion issues and excessive mold growth during the design and construction stage of low-rise, wood-framed construction.
While it is impossible to make a building "mold proof," building owners and design and construction professionals can minimize the risk of mold growth through proper planning and the use of appropriate building materials and construction techniques.
These suggestions are meant to highlight and optimize conditions in the built environment that will discourage dampness and ultimately limit the growth of mold.
Existing properties are encouraged to use NMHC/NAA's Operations and Maintenance Plan for Mold & Moisture Control (O&M Plan) to help develop formal mold/moisture control procedures and integrate those practices into their existing maintenance procedures. That document covers training, routine maintenance, remediation techniques, recommended documentation and sample communications plans to educate residents about mold.