Testing and Remediation

Mycologists/Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP)

IEP can identify the source and extent of the mould, determine the required scope of works to return the property to a pre-mould event condition and after remediation (by a separate remediator is best practice) provide post remediation verification. They may send mould samples to mycologists for analysis and (should) use ERMI testing. Their reports can be of use in legal cases.

Mycologists have special training in the field of mycology (mould and fungi) and can provide similar services to IEP as well as analysis of fungal samples. For CIRS purposes they should use ERMI testing. Their reports can be of use in legal cases. While there are more mycologists in Australia only the one listed below can be recommended due to their use and understanding of ERMI.

ACACBuilding BiologistsMycologist NSWIEP QLDIEP VICIEP NSW
American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
W: acac.org/find/international.aspx

The ACAC is a body that certifies IEPs and remediators in the US and around the world. They have several qualifications for IEPs, from least to most experienced:

CRIE – Certified Residential Indoor Environmentalist
CIE(C) – Council-certified Indoor Environmental (Consultant)
CMI – Council-certified Microbial Investigator
CMC – Council-certified Microbial Consultant
CIH – Certified Industrial Hygienist

They have a growing number of Australian’s who are certified go to their website above for a list.

Australian Society of Building Biology (ASBB)
W: asbb.org.au/practitioners/

The Australian College of Environmental Studies (ACES)

W: aces.edu.au/links/find-a-consultant/building-biology

Building Biologists will inspect a property not only for water damage and microbial growth but for building design, EMFs, geopathic stress, water quality and other toxins and toxicants.

In Australia the ACES offers an Advanced Diploma of Building Biology.

One of the modules for the diploma, also available as a stand alone course, is the Mould Testing Technician course. This is the only government accredited mould testing course in Australia.

MouldLab
Mr. David Lark
Unit 4/52 Industrial Drive
Mayfield East NSW 2304
P: (02) 4968 8448
W: mouldlab.com.au
Indoor Biological Solutions
Matthew Greacon
PO Box 237
​Kallangur QLD 4503
P: 0438 919 942
W: indoorbiologicalsolutions.com.au
Eronmor
Jeremy Stamkos
PO Box 147
Lilydale VIC 3140
P: 0418 510 473
W: eronmor.com

EHS Assess
Brian Murphy
PO Box 204
Parkville VIC 3052
P: (03) 9347 1694
W: ehsassess.com.au

ValidAir Sciences
Brad Prezant
22 Ceylon St
Nunawading VIC 3131
P: (03) 9894 7264

Mycotox
Mr. Vince Neil (Director)
6 Church St
Wickham NSW 2293
P: 1300 046 442
W: mycotox.com.au
E: mycotox@hotmail.com

ERMI / HERTSMI-2

Environmental Relative Moldiness Index is a test that quantifies the DNA of mould spores and spore equivalents (fragments) in a sample of dust using MSQPCR (Mould Specific Quantified PCR). This is a screening test that can be done by current and prospective homeowners or IEP/mycologists. Endorsed by Dr. Shoemaker as the most accurate building test for CIRS patients (Shoemaker & Lark, 2016). ERMI tests for 36 different species of fungi. The HERTSMI-2 score can be calculated from the ERMI report or done as a stand alone test, that looks at 5 species of fungi.

Australia
MouldLab
Unit 4/52 Industrial Drive
Mayfield East NSW 2304
P: (02) 4968 8448
W: mouldlab.com.au

Pricing (all in AUD):
ERMI – $347 (Swiffer) / $378 (Carpet)
HERTSMI-2 – $188 (Swiffer) / $209 (Carpet)

MouldLab send to their sister laboratory in the USA, Envirobiomics, every Friday, with results expected late the next week. TMSA suggests people express their Swiffer cloth/vacuum kit to arrive at MouldLab by Wednesday or Thursday so it gets there in time for the Friday shipment.

Remediators

Remediators should follow the industry standard “ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Mold Remedation” (2015) at a minimum.

CIRS patients will often need a higher level of remediation than these entail. The protocol to achieve this level is outlined in the Surviving Mold Consensus statement (2016).

OrganisationsAustralia WideVICQLDUSA/Canada
Mould Remediation

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
W: www.iicrc.org

Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA)
W: www.scria.org.au

Air conditioner/Air duct/HVAC

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)
W: airahindustrydirectory.com.au (Industry directory)

National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) 
W: nada.com (choose Find a Professional at top right)

Flood Restoration Australia
34 Keysborough Close
Keysborough VIC 3173
P: 1300 667 692
W: floodrestorationaustralia.com.au

Total Ventilation Hygiene
Adelaide, Brisbane/Gold Coast, Darwin, Melboune, Perth, Regional NSW, Sydney
P: 1300 557 999
W: tvhs.com.au

Amtec Disaster Recovery
23 Laser Drive
Rowville VIC 3178
P: 03 98391666
W: www.amtec.com.au

No Dirt Restoration Services
Andrew Cini
P: 1300 663 478
W: www.floodrestorationgeelong.com.au
F: facebook.com/floodrestorationgeelong

Quantum Restoration Services
Factory 14/17-23 Keppel Drive
Hallam VIC 3803
P: 1300 877 669
W: quantumrestoration.com.au

Restore Tech
Wodonga VIC 3690
P: 0418579099
W: restoretech.net.au

Cleaning & Restoration Services Australia
5/229 Robinson Road East
Geebung QLD 4034
P: 1800 66 36 85
W: crsaustralia.com.au
F: facebook.com/cleaningandrestorationservicesaustralia

New Life Restorations
Lot 5/158 Murarrie Rd
Murarrie QLD 4172
7 Transom Ct
Wurtulla QLD 4575
P: 1300 356 633
W: newliferestorations.com.au

Queensland Flood, Fire and Mould Solutions
PO Box 3017
Norman Park QLD 4170
P: 1300205959
W: www.qldfloodfiremouldsolutions.com.au

National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI)
www.normipro.com

Greg Weatherman
P: +1 703 920-6653
W: survivingremediation.com

Note: Can do remote consultations via e-mail and Skype. Endorsed by Dr. Shoemaker. Wrote a chapter in Surviving Mold.

Leak Investigation

SE QLD, NSW, VIC, NTSE QLD

Australian Leak Detection
W: www.australianleakdetection.com.au

Leaktech
P: 1300 0 532 57
W: leaktech.com.au
Disclaimer
The author of this resources section has no financial interest in any of the testing or remediation companies mentioned below. Suggestions come from feedback in the facebook group as well as from industry, however this author can not provide any assurances about the quality of their work. Photo credit: Bigstock.com