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					Title:
Some Schools May Be Health Hazards

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384

Summary:
School boards and parents are disco
vering that schools they labored ha
rd to raise money to build in the l
ast 10 years or so are subjecting t
heir children to mold and indoor ai
r quality problems.
Keywords:
Some School Buildings May Be Health
Hazards

Article Body:
School boards and parents are disco
vering that schools they labored ha
rd to raise money to build in the l
ast 10 years or so are subjecting t
heir children to mold and indoor ai
r quality problems.

Many of these problems can be attri
buted to choices made in building m
aterials. Some materials provide a
ready food source for mold. Roof le
aks, wall leaks, window leaks or pl
umbing failures have even led to th
e destruction of materials installe
d to protect the buildings.

These observations are at the heart
 of a new book called "Are You Buil
ding a School or a Liability?" writ
ten by Chris Huckabee and Kyle Mont
gomery and published by the Brick I
ndustry Association, the Masonry Co
ntractors Association of America an
d the National Concrete Masonry Ass
ociation. The book calls attention
to a serious problem with school bu
ildings.

"The use of porous and paper-based
products as the substrate of an ext
erior wall system has given rise to
 many, if not most, of the mold-rel
ated issues that building owners fa
ce today. These products are destro
yed by mold. In fact, the mold actu
ally consumes this material as a fo
od source," said the authors.

Huckabee is a well-known Texas arch
itect who has built more than 1,000
 schools. Montgomery is the executi
ve director of the Texas Masonry Co
uncil. Together, they recommend the
 use of materials that are "forgivi
ng."

A forgiving material, according to
Huckabee and Montgomery, is a mater
ial that is not destroyed by moistu
re. They also argue in favor of red
undant construction in which wall s
ystems are designed and constructed
 to direct moisture from inside the
 building to outside.

"Are You Building a School or a Lia
bility?" presents several case stud
ies where masonry was the solution
to serious mold problems in schools
. Huckabee and Montgomery note that
  concrete masonry block is a materi
al that can be cleaned and dried ea
sily and will not be destroyed by m
old.

Huckabee and Montgomery cite case s
tudies where gypsum-based interior
walls of schools were replaced with
  concrete block in areas of high mo
isture probability. In one case, al
l exterior walls were demolished an
d replaced with a masonry wall syst
em that included a masonry wall bac
kup. They call this approach "total
 masonry construction."

School boards, parent groups and ar
chitectural firms specializing in s
chool building construction can obt
ain free copies of "Are You Buildin
g a School or a Liability?"

				
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