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IICRC Reaches Out to New Industry Affiliates

May 18, 2006
As part of the IICRC's marketing efforts, we continue to reach out to different industries to form alliances and spread the word about our certification programs and industry standards.

IICRC has always made an effort to expand its horizons, and this work continues today, as it will tomorrow, and beyond. In the past, we have had great success working together with the carpet manufacturers, CRI, furniture manufacturers, AFMA, and textile manufacturers. We have been a participant and exhibitor at PLRB over the years, marketing to the insurance industry. Most recently we have made a huge collaborative effort with the indoor environmental community in the writing of the S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and the S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration.

At the IICRC Board of Directors meeting last fall, I appointed a task force to determine a need for certification in Thermography/Moisture Detection. This certification will add credibility to our water restoration, and inspection programs, plus it will delve slightly into the indoor environmental community's realm of expertise. I like this crossover, and I would personally like to see a much larger participation of the IEQ community in our selection of certifications. Professionals in the indoor environmental community would certainly benefit from our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, Applied Structural Drying, Water Restoration, and soon the new Thermography / Moisture Detection certifications, not to mention the Introduction to Subfloor and Substrate Inspection course, which also looks at moisture and its effect on finished flooring products.

It is my goal to increase the total global industry exposure of the IICRC, and we will continue to strive for this ideal.

Moisture detection, which includes the use of thermal hygrometers, penetrating and non-penetrating meters and infrared technology combined with the understanding of drying principles, as taught in our ASD course, facilitates technician understanding and practicing of moisture mapping, which documents the achieved results of our drying procedures. Technicians would be able to prove that their restoration efforts were successful, and that their project is guaranteed to be dry. This will eventually reduce liability for our technicians, our firms, and at the same time, improve service for the consumer at large.

Technicians taking our new thermography course will learn the basic operation and care of an infrared camera, how the equipment relates to moisture detection for a water damage or mold remediation technician, or setting the protocol of a remediation project for an Indoor Environmental Professional, or IEP.

Other industry professionals will also find benefits from this thermal imaging training. Mechanical, electrical, and HVAC professionals can improve their services and become more profitable using this form of inspection. Building envelope and design engineers using thermography will be able to quickly determine heat loss by infiltration, exfiltration, or insulation problems. The list goes on and on.

In an effort to expand the horizons of the IICRC, I will continue to look at different ideas to benefit our existing registrants, and create new areas of training to reach out to other groups, thus making IICRC the premier certification institute in the world.