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Alan Mikoleit
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Does any one know how to build in such a way to never have mold. Mold can make you very sick and you will never know what’s going on.
 
John Wolfram
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Well, even legions of engineers and scientists can't create a mold free housing in space, so I'm not giving you good odds for being able to do it here on earth.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2000/ast26nov_1/
 
Bill Bradbury
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Hello Alan,

Mold free construction is quite easy, especially in our dry climate. The key is breathability.

In my restoration work, I deal with a lot of mold. It is always the result of a combination of moisture ingress and vapor tight construction practices. This keeps the materials wet so that mold can digest them. Remediation generally entails; removal of vapor barriers and fungal fruiting bodies(sometimes can be quite large), then clean up with vinegar solution and re-sealing the wall cavity with breathable materials like lime plaster. No vapor barrier is needed.

Check out this thread http://www.permies.com/t/43637/natural-building/Breathable-Walls

The best plaster in the US is made in So. Idaho-http://www.limestrongfinish.com/limestrong-products.html

All Blessings,
Bill
 
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I started a thread http://www.permies.com/t/48019/natural-building/Indoor-Air-Quality-Healthy-Building#384341 to try and answer this question. Good interesting post John and so true, I showed the guys at work and addressed it in the thread.
 
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