Testing and Remediation

ERMI

Environmental Relative Moldiness Index is a test that quantifies the DNA of mould spores and spore equivalents in a sample of dust using MSQPCR (Mould Specific Quantified PCR). This is a screening test that can be done by current and prospective homeowners or IEP/mycologists and also after remediation (although you must wait for new dust to settle 2-4 weeks) to see if a building can be safely re-entered. Endorsed by Dr. Shoemaker as the most accurate building test for CIRS patients. ERMI tests for 36 different species of fungi. The HERTSMI-2 score can be calculated from the ERMI report or done as a stand alone test (5 species of fungi).

Australia
MouldLab
Unit 4/52 Industrial Drive
Mayfield East NSW 2304
P: (02) 4968 8448
W: mouldlab.com.au

Pricing:
ERMI (Swiffer) – $395 AUD
HERTSMI-2 (Swiffer) – $179 AUD

Mycologists / Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP)

IEP can identify the source and extent of the mould, determine the required scope of works to return the property to a pre-mould event condition and after remediation (by a separate remediator is best practice) provide post remediation verification. They may send mould samples to mycologists for analysis and (should) use ERMI testing. Their reports can be of use in legal cases.

Mycologists have special training in the field of mycology (mould and fungi) and can provide similar services to IEP as well as analysis of fungal samples. For CIRS purposes they should use ERMI testing. Their reports can be of use in legal cases. While there are more mycologists in Australia only the one listed below can be recommended due to their use and understanding of ERMI.

Mycologist NSWIEP VICIEP NSWBuilding Biologists
MouldLab
Mr. David Lark
Unit 4/52 Industrial Drive
Mayfield East NSW 2304
P: (02) 4968 8448
W: mouldlab.com.au

Note: Endorsed by Dr. Shoemaker

Eronmor
Jeremy Stamkos
PO Box 147
Lilydale VIC 3140
P: 0418 510 473
W: eronmor.com

EHS Assess
Brian Murphy
PO Box 204
Parkville VIC 3052
P: (03) 9347 1694
W: ehsassess.com.au

ValidAir Sciences
Brad Prezant
22 Ceylon St
Nunawading VIC 3131
P: 1300 768 198
W: vasciences.org

Mycotox
Mr. Vince Neil (Director)
6 Church St
Wickham NSW 2293
P: 1300 046 442
W: mycotox.com.au

Note: Presented at 2015 and 2016 CIRS conferences.

Australian College of Environmental Studies
W: aces.edu.au/links/find-a-consultant/building-biology

Remediators

Remediators should follow the industry standard “ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation” (2015) at a minimum. There is also the Australian Mould Guidelines (2010).

CIRS patients will often need a higher level of remediation than these entail. The protocol to achieve this level is outlined in the Surviving Mold Consensus statement (2016).

Industry BodiesAustralia WideVICSE QLDNSW/ACTUnited States
IICRC – Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
W: www.iicrc.org
SCRIA – Specialized Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association
W: www.scria.org.au
Flood Restoration Australia
34 Keysborough Close
Keysborough VIC 3173
P: 1300 667 692
W: floodrestorationaustralia.com.au

Total Ventilation Hygiene
Adelaide, Brisbane/Gold Coast, Darwin, Melboune, Perth, Regional NSW, Sydney
P: 1300 557 999
W: tvhs.com.au

Amtec Cleaning & Restoration
23 Laser Dr
Rowville VIC 3178
P: (03) 9763 4244

Quantum Restoration Services
Factory 14/17-23 Keppel Drive
Hallam VICS 3803
P: 1300 877 669
W: quantumrestoration.com.au

New Life Restorations
Lot 5/158 Murarrie Rd
Murarrie QLD 4172
7 Transom Ct
Wurtulla QLD 4575
P: 1300 356 633
W: newliferestorations.com.au
Restore Tech
Wodonga VIC 3690
P: 0418579099
W: restoretech.net.au
Greg Weatherman
P: +1 703 920-6653
W: survivingremediation.com

Note: Can do remote consultations via e-mail and Skype. Endorsed by Dr. Shoemaker. Wrote a chapter in Surviving Mold.

Leak Investigation

SE QLD
Leaktech
P: 1300 0 532 57
W: leaktech.com.au
Disclaimer
The author of this resources section has no financial interest in any of the testing or remediation companies mentioned below. Suggestions come from feedback in the facebook group as well as from industry, however this author can not provide any assurances about the quality of their work. Photo credit: Bigstock.com