Northwest: Breaking the mold

Barry Reid grew up in Eugene, Ore., where mold was considered “normal,” he recalls. But that was long before issues like indoor air quality and moisture control moved to the front burners in the Pacific Northwest.

Now Reid works for Georgia-Pacific as a product development marketing manager for DensArmor, a paperless wallboard that prohibits the growth of mold. He can talk about fungi, of course, and how they don’t like to eat fiberglass. But in interviews, he tends to veer off to other topics like energy efficiency and vapor barriers.

“All these issues are linked,” Reid said. “You just can’t do one thing in a home without affecting other things. If you build a house to be incredibly air tight, you have to have strategies to [maintain] good air quality.”<