Healthy Environments

Elevator Pitch: Mold Detector

21, نوفمبر 2010

Our product is for anyone living in an apartment, house, or other man-made living space who is concerned about their exposure to molds and other harmful allergens or bacteria. Molds are often hard to detect and can have harmful effects on the human body, some of which can be fatal. This is why we offer an innovation to make the detection of mold in household environments an easier, more accurate process. With sensors that are designed to pick up the presence of mycotoxins, the harmful toxins released by mold, in the immediate environment, our product can readily signal to the user that the current condition of their home is detrimental to their health. By removing the possibility of human error which often occurs during mold inspections, a person’s living conditions and health can be significantly bettered, therefore preventing conditions such as asthma and a variety of allergic reactions from developing.

Supporting Research:

Mold Entrances
Mold spores can enter a household through open doorways, windows, heating systems, ventilation and air conditioning units. They attach themselves to your clothing and can even be brought in by pets. When they find the right conditions they grow and contaminate the air in your home….

General Mold Information

Toxic Molds in Homes, Stachybotrys chartarum

Molds in Your Home Can Cause Health Problems and Structural Damage

The home buying and selling community is abuzz with talk about insurance and liability issues involving stachybotrys chartarum, also known as black mold or toxic mold. Some homeowners have even burned down their homes, and everything in them, because they felt it was the only way to eradicate toxic mold from their surroundings.

Molds in your Home

Mold health issues are potentially harmful effects of molds.

Molds (also spelled “moulds”) are ubiquitous in the biosphere, and mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, when mold spores are present in abnormally high quantities, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions, producing mycotoxins,[1] or causing fungal infection (mycosis)….

Mold Health Issues

Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance

You’ve had water damage in your house due to a burst pipe, a roof leak or a heavy summer storm. You hope that your insurance will cover the damage. What to do? First, read about mold below. You may not know the implications of water and mold damage.

Mold Damage

****Field research is pending for when Jessie Hughes goes to mold ridden St. Croix. Stay tuned for the juicy details by Friday!****


11, نوفمبر 2010

Group Members: Jessie Hassett, Sarah Banks, Jessie Hughes

Broad Topic: Health

Narrowed Topic: The impact of allergens and other harmful particles (mold, bacteria, etc.) on the household environment.

Field Activity: Observation of different living spaces and what factors affect the inhabitant’s quality of life.