Indoor Environmental Professionals / Building Biologists / Myco/Micro-biologists
Note: Toxic Mould Support Australia does not favor one group over another for the investigation of water damage and microbial growth in buildings. Neither do we personally vouch for any of the professionals below.
Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs) should be able identify the source and extent of water damage, moisture and microbe growth, determine the required scope of works to return the property to event condition and after remediation (using a separate remediator is best practice) provide post remediation verification. They may send mould samples to microbiologists for analysis that may include QPCR (ERMI).
Microbiologists have special training in the field of microbiology (fungi and bacteria) and can provide similar services to IEP as well as analysis of fungal samples using culture and microscopy.
American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
W: acac.org/find/international.aspx (International inc. Australia)
The ACAC is a body that certifies IEPs and remediators in the US and around the world including a growing number of Australians. They have several qualifications for IEPs, from least to most experienced:
CIE(C) – Council-certified Indoor Environmental (Consultant)
CIAQM – Council-certified Indoor Air Quality Manager
CMI – Council-certified Microbial Investigator
CMC – Council-certified Microbial Consultant
CIH – Certified Industrial Hygienist
Visit their Certification page for more.
Australian Society of Building Biology (ASBB)
The Australian College of Environmental Studies (ACES)
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.
Indoor Biological Solutions
PO Box 237
Kallangur QLD 4503
P: 0438 919 942
Building Environmental Wellness (BEW) Group
Ivi Sims, CIAQAM, IICRC
6/413 Dorset Road
Bayswater VIC 3153
M: 0413 282 997
P: 1300 677 823
Brad Prezant, CIH
22 Ceylon St
Nunawading VIC 3131
P: (03) 9894 7264
Biological Health Services
Dr. Cameron Jones, PhD
Level 1, 459 Toorak Rd
Toorak VIC 3142
P: 1300 13 2350
M: 041 499 8900
American College for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI)
National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI)
Michael Schrantz, CIEC, CMI, BPI-BA/EP
Note: Can do international remote consultations
Greg Weatherman, CMC
Note: Can do remote consultations. Authored a chapter in Surviving Mold.
IEP & Remediation Training
Australian College of Environmental Studies
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.
Australian Cleaning & Restoration Academy
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 ideally by IEP/BB/mycologist. 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. The HERTSMI-2 score is endorsed by Dr. Shoemaker as the most accurate building test for CIRS patients (Shoemaker & Lark, 2016).
Unit 4/52 Industrial Drive
Mayfield East NSW 2304
P: (02) 4968 8448
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 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).
Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA)
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
Total Ventilation Hygiene
Adelaide, Brisbane/Gold Coast, Darwin, Melboune, Perth, Regional NSW, Sydney
P: 1300 557 999
Amtec Disaster Recovery
23 Laser Drive
Rowville VIC 3178
P: 03 98391666
Quantum Restoration Services
Factory 14/17-23 Keppel Drive
Hallam VIC 3803
P: 1300 877 669
Wodonga VIC 3690
Cleaning & Restoration Services Australia
5/229 Robinson Road East
Geebung QLD 4034
P: 1800 66 36 85
New Life Restorations
Lot 5/158 Murarrie Rd
Murarrie QLD 4172
7 Transom Ct
Wurtulla QLD 4575
P: 1300 356 633
Queensland Flood, Fire and Mould Solutions
PO Box 3017
Norman Park QLD 4170