LaHouse to offer mold control, remediation course March 20-22

Tobie Blanchard, Reichel, Claudette Hanks  |  3/2/2018 3:12:12 PM

(03/02/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center will hold its mold control and remediation course March 20-22 at LaHouse on the LSU campus. LaHouse offers these classes for contractors in support of the healthy homes educational outreach program.

In Louisiana, any mold remediation project with a value of $1 or more requires a Mold Remediation Contractor license. This course meets the initial educational requirement for the license.The class offers interactive instruction, a detailed manual and a packet of consumer education materials.

“This course is unique,” said Claudette Hanks Reichel, director of LaHouse and an AgCenter extension housing specialist. “It provides both the nationally recognized how-to technical protocols for safe remediation as well as an understanding of mold characteristics, moisture dynamics and key building science insights to provide clients with effective and lasting solutions that protect their health and property.”

Reichel said the course also includes training and manuals in preparation for taking the Louisiana microbial applicator exam.

Mold growth begins on materials that stay wet for two to three days and can multiply quickly. Rapid and safe cleaning and drying methods are needed to prevent a mold population explosion and the health hazards of high exposure, Reichel said. People with asthma, allergies or compromised immunity are at greatest health risk.

LaHouse courses also qualify for continuing education unit hours for residential contractors and home inspectors as well as the Louisiana Incumbent Worker Training Program tuition reimbursement for eligible employers.

Course descriptions, fees and a link to register are available at www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse. For additional questions, email lahouse@agcenter.lsu.edu.

LaHouse is a research-based showcase of solutions for sustainable, high performance housing for the southern region climate and conditions. The mission of LaHouse is to shape the future with homes that offer more comfort, durability, value, convenience, environmental quality, safety and better health with less energy, water, pollution, waste, damage and loss.

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