news you can use – a response to concerns about mold and indoor plants
By Plant Solutions | July 2010 | Topics: Benefits of Plants
“Not only do indoor plants aid in suppressing airborne microbes, but when they are properly maintained by a professional Interior Plantscape Contractor, there is less opportunity to produce mold, harmful or not. Proper care, lighting and watering will help avoid such problems”. Joe Zazzera, LEED AP, GRP
More useful information from GPGB LEED Advocate Chair, Joe Zazzera:
According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Indoor Fungal Infestations and Mycotoxicity: “There are no confirmed cases of mycotoxicity, via inhalation exposure, in residential or office settings”. Additionally, “The presence of mold in a building does not in itself constitute a health threat”.
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In an additional study conducted by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, Interior Plants Influence On Airborne Microbes Inside Energy–efficient Buildings: “significant findings indicate that large quantities of indoor plants may be used to increase humidity levels and suppress levels of mold spores and other airborne microbes inside energy-efficient buildings, while reducing air polluting substances”.
To view the entire article, go to: http://www.wolvertonenvironmental.com/MsAcad-96.pdf
For more information on the many health and environmental benefits of using living plants indoors visit http://www.greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org/