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Mold Help awards Seal of Approval to Forticel   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Posted by Susan Lillard  
Thursday, 08 June 2006

6/08/06

Salem, OR - Mold Help is proud to award the Seal of Approval to the Protective Coatings Group, FortiCel™ product. This is the only preventive coating that Mold Help has approved.

The independent testing protocol that the company utilized was above and beyond Mold Help standards and is truly deserving of the Mold Help Seal of Approval.

In order to become a Mold Help approved fungicide or coating (prevents mold growth on surfaces) companies are required to submit their products to the most rigorous testing Mold Help is aware of. The testing protocols and actual testing is conducted by Dr. George Carroll, Chief Scientist at MouldWorks, and Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Oregon, with 40 years of world recognized experience in Mycology.

The Protective Coatings Group was so confident of its products that when discussing the Mold Help approved testing of its products, they did not want Dr. Carroll to know which products were already in the market and which were in development to eliminate any possible unconscious bias in the testing. They also gave Dr. Carroll free reign to make his protocol as rigorous as possible.

The results that are reported below demonstrate why the Protective Coatings Group was so confident of FortiCel™. From Mold Help’s perspective, FortiCel™ passed the testing with the highest possible marks and has therefore achieved Mold Help’s highest level of recommendation for effectiveness in achieving its claims.

Product information:

FortiCel™ is a proprietary combination of technologies that prohibit mold growth on all interior construction products and surfaces. When applied to the surface of lumber, concrete, and steel, FortiCel™ will provide durable skeletal protection FortiCel™ is an effective, innovative solution for contractors who want to offer longlasting value. It delivers guaranteed protection against mold growth for 25 years.

FortiCel™ provides long-lasting value for both commercial and residential structures.

Prevents mold on the following materials:

Dimensional lumber Steel studs OSB

Concrete Floor joists Trusses

Sheetrock* Plywood Wall panels

FortiCel™ combines the technology of long-lasting inorganics with super effective, liquid-based solutions in an easy-to-apply formula.

Product Testing Report

Laboratory Protocol and Test Results:

This is a final report from MouldWorks on our evaluation of the FortiCel™ protective coating. We evaluated the ability of the material to inhibit germination and/or growth of 15 different commonly occurring interior molds.

Mold infestations in houses are established by spores which are deposited from the air, brought in by water intrusions, or disseminated by insects and mites. In virtually all cases infestations occur when spores germinate and grow within or on common construction materials such as OSB, dimensional lumber, drywall, or insulation. If spores cannot germinate and grow on protective coatings, then they cannot serve to initiate mold colonization within a building.

The MouldWorks protocol for evaluating the resistance of coatings to molds involves an assessment of spore germination in 15 species of common household molds under laboratory conditions which simulate those that may occur in buildings prior to appearance of mold problems. These isolated mold spores came from culture samples sent to MouldWorks for analysis – bulks, tapelifts, and viable spore plates.

For the most part these cultures were isolated within the last 6 months and when cultures show signs of loss of vigor, we replace them with recent isolates.

The results from our proprietary testing protocol are shown in the table below.

There are two controls being compared with FortiCel™. The control sample shown in the first column is black enamel paint on a separate piece of filter paper for each species being tested. The spores from each species are spread over each painted filter paper. The second control is a Petri dish with agar growth medium. The test for both controls and FortiCel™ is for whether spores from each species can germinate and therefore grow into a mold colony.

 

              FortiCel Evaluation Table

 

Species

Black Enamel

FortiCel

Water Agar

 

Control

 

Control

Acremonium sp.

no germination

no germination

germination

Aspergillus caespitosus

germination

no germination

germination

Aspergillus glaucus gp.

germination

no germination

germination

Aspergillus versicolor

germination

no germination

germination

Chaetomium globosum

germination

no germination

germination

Cladosporium sphaerospermum

germination

no germination

germination

Fusarium sp.

germination

no germination

germination

Paecilomyces variotii

germination

no germination

germination

Penicillium aurantiogriseum

germination

no germination

germination

Penicillium corylophilum

germination

no germination

germination

Penicillium decumbens

germination

no germination

germination

Stachybotrys sp.

germination

no germination

germination

Trichoderma longibrachiatum

germination

no germination

germination

Tritirachium oryzae

germination

no germination

germination

Ulocladium botrytis

germination

no germination

germination

*Evaluations noted are certified by MouldWorks

Conclusions:

The FortiCel™ coating completely prevented any germination of spores

within the 15 species tested. Each species were tested independently to evaluate the effect of the coating by spore type. This conclusive data indicates that the coating is sufficiently capable of preventing mold growth on the coating surface of each of the tested species.

Mold spores which are incapable of germinating will become completely non-viable and therefore no longer represent recurring threat of growth.

All test conducted were without the supervision or influence of Protective Coatings Group, LLC, which allowed for the studies to be independently evaluated without undue influence or bias by any outside party.

The MouldWorks Mold Spore Germination Test protocol is a proprietary testing method of MouldWorks. The protocol was developed to provide extreme test measures that better represent real world

conditions beyond all existing ASTM protocols for microbial testing. It is believed by MouldWorks that a determination of growth as reflected in ASTM is not sufficient to predict long term results and that the proper evaluation should be measured by the ability to prevent germination.

Sincerely yours,

George Carroll, Ph.D.

MouldWorks Mycologist

If you have interest in the FortiCel™ product to protect your new construction project, please contact Protective Coatings Group (877) 729-MOLD (6653) or visit www.4pcg.com

 


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