USBC States the Importance of Certification in Remediation for Chinese Drywall
An entire program has been designed out of the workgroup Defective Drywall in America (DDIA) which included top analytical scientists, chemists, toxicologists, a major university, consultants in the environmental field and 12 business sectors that were considered in the development of the certified protocols.
There are possibly hundreds of thousands of homes that have to be remediated from defective Chinese drywall in Florida alone. It has been reported that as many as 24 states have had reports of defective Chinese drywall not counting Canada and other locations across the world. Establishing a certified protocol is essential in properly remediating these homes and buildings that can be backed with some level of confidence.
An entire program has been designed out of the workgroup Defective Drywall in America (DDIA) which included top analytical scientists, chemists, toxicologists, a major university, consultants in the environmental field and 12 business sectors that were considered in the development of the certified protocols. The workgroup wanted a program that would give some assurance to the process of remediation and remove the stigma from homes with defective drywall. The program’s design architect, Spiderman S. Mulholland with U S Building Consultants and U S Building Laboratories, has been conducting full-scale remediation of residential, commercial and high rise buildings for over two decades. With the help from members of the workgroup and his entire staff, Mr. Mulholland traveled to four states conducting the investigations needed to write a viable protocol that would be cost effective and allow for a proposed warranty on homes after completion.
“We found out early by the science and mock ups which we built, that simply removing the drywall and replacing it was not going to work,” said Mulholland. The workgroup has developed a certified process for remediation in which a homeowner, builder, bank institution or anyone associated with a home or building with defective Chinese drywall can have a level of confidence that there asset can be resold at its full value after remediation. The process took five months and hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop. “This was probably one of the single most exhausting programs we have embarked on in my 25 years career,” said Mulholland. There were so many dynamics in the process and most of the science was not even established. Mulholland contracted with many laboratories across the nation along with the University of Florida in Gainesville and the scientists at Analytical Research Systems (ARS) who worked diligently in testing many of the protocols, equipment, and chemicals being used to remediate both the home and the occupant’s personal belongings.
The certified protocols are being presented and taught in Orlando, Florida on October 25-27, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Inspectors, contractors, and consultants can receive three designations: Certified Defective Drywall Remediator (CDDR), Certified Defective Drywall Inspector (CDDI) and Certified Defective Drywall Consultant (CDDC). These certified programs require previous experience, passing the written exam, and compliance to a strict code of conduct. The certified process is being backed with a proposed warranty program that allows from $100,000.00 to $500,000.00 dollars in coverage with no deductable and is renewable for the life of the home.
The certified program is expected to draw 300 to 500 inspectors, contractors, and consultants from all over the U S who want to assist with homes affected with Chinese drywall in the inspection and remediation process.
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