Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

Mold

BOMA POSITION

BOMA International opposes any initiatives by federal, state and local authorities to write model building codes and standards regulating mold and moisture. Building codes and standards designed to address mold and moisture should be developed through the industry standards consensus processes. The federal government should support the development of these standards through research and public education.

BOMA International opposes legislative and regulatory initiatives advocating overly broad mold-related disclosure requirements in the sale of office properties that might confuse consumers or expose sellers and lessors to unpredictable and unreasonable liability.

BOMA International supports laws, regulations and policies that will ensure that adequate insurance coverage for mold claims is available to the commercial real estate industry at a fair and reasonable cost.

Background

Mold is an ever-present fact of life and can be found outside and inside all types of residential and commercial structures. There are literally hundreds of different strains of mold that have been growing in buildings for a long time.

Without moisture, mold has no opportunity to develop. Moisture can be caused by high humidity, a dripping pipe or leaky roof - or by a more serious event, such as water damage from firefighting or a major storm. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold can begin to grow quickly, often within 24 to 48 hours, and it is therefore important to dry water-damaged areas and items immediately to prevent mold growth.

Unlike many other known toxins, such as lead, mercury, or cadmium, there are no standards for levels of mold toxicity and no known permissible mold exposure limits for the indoor environment. No state or federal agencies currently offer testing of mold samples.​​