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Use if micobiological assessment - expertise in wood-destroying fungi - in determining the soundness of wood structural members. This article discusses the role of mycology and microbiology in detecting & assessing damage to wood beams, joists, posts, studs, rafters etc. Mycology can provide key information about the conditions that invite wood destroying fungi (molds such as Meruliporia incrassata - the "house eating fungus"), as well as assisting in recognition of mold infection or contamination in structures. Page top photograph: yellow Meruliporia incrassata fungal growth on an indoor wood surface.
This article series describes the various methods used to test & evaluate the structural integrity of wood-framed buildings where focus is on the condition of structural wood posts, beams and other framing members. We discuss the problems surrounding hidden rot or decay, the presence or absence of moisture or other instrument-detectable clues, and the problem of subjective decisions to replace or not-replace suspect wood structural members.
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Paul Probett, Clinton Craig, Blake Probett, Incodo Forensic Building Specialists 
This article series on methods for assessing structural wood rot & damage is adapted & expanded from the author's "An Introduction to Micro-Drilling Technology for N. Z. Structural Timber Assessment" and is used with permission. We [DF] have added comments, some illustrations, and additional article citations.
At the references section we include a link to the original article as well as contact information for the authors and Incodo Ltd., a Tauranga, New Zealand forensic engineering firm.
Using microbiological assessment requires an expert, mateiral samples, time, cost. Often we use microbiological assessment as an additional method to aid a visual assessment of rot damage to a structure.
Scope = Microscopic to sample size (minor usage in deciding actual replacement, adds genuine weight to reports). Not in situ assessment
Note: in our opinion, microbiologists and aerobiologists can provide a useful supporting role in assessing building conditions (mold or other IAQ hazards) including providing additional screening for evidence of hidden but active wood destroying fungi.
Few microbiologists nor mycologists have the requisite familiarity with building science and construction failures to serve as a primary building screener for hidden damage.
Shown in the photograph a left, the black cosmetic mold seen on this floor joist is not a wood destroying fungus. See BLACK MOLD, HARMLESS for a discussion of the visual recognition of harmless black molds found on framing lumber.
For a guide to the visual recognition of building molds and mold contamination see MOLD APPEARANCE - WHAT MOLD LOOKS LIKE.
Note: Above information is copyright, commercially sensitive and is yet to be peer reviewed. It is not to be copied or circulated without the express and written permission of Incodo Limited. Adapted here by InspectaPedia.com, with permission from Incodo 8/5/2012, technical review is in process.
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