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Space Invaders: Microbes

Posted in: IAQ, mold

Written by Lillie Reiter, IAQ Coordinator and Environmental Investigator

Mold can exist in the harshest of conditions but did you know if can exist in space? Yes, there is mold aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When NASA took humans and transported them into space in an enclosed area, the question of what to do about mold probably didn't cross anyone's mind. For 16 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the crew have been living (sweating, using the bathroom, getting sick) inside the ISS. The microbes they release stick around because the space station is essentially sealed - like living in an airplane that never gets opened. Today, it's filled with non-human life and has its own unique microbiome (a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that inhabit a particular environment).

News We Follow: Controlling Summer Mold Growth in Schools

Posted in: IAQ, news we follow, mold

From an article on ASHRAE Website

Being based in North Carolina, we understand the way the weather and humid climates can effect mold growth in buildings that are unoccupied for long periods of time. We get many calls for vacation homes that have been left unoccupied for a few months and when they returned they noticed growth within the home. Schools can face the same issue during the long Summer break. This article, shared on the ASHRAE website, addresses this issue and outlines what can be causing it to happen. Here are some highlights from the article, to read the full story click here.