Chinese Drywall Puzzle

A Chinese drywall symposium hosted by the University of Florida College of Engineering will be held in Tampa, Florida on Thursday and Friday (November 5 and 6) of this week. The event will bring together researchers from the primary state and federal agencies to present their findings on technical topics such as materials analysis, emissions testing, exposure assessment and toxicology, remediation and repair. Florida Senator Bill Nelson is scheduled to give the keynote speech on Friday. A preliminary report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) late last week found that while Chinese drywall emits higher levels of sulfur gases and strontium than drywall manufactured in the United States, there is no evidence that the emissions are linked to health problems and metal corrosion. Indoor air testing of 10 homes in Florida and Louisiana was conducted for the study and an analysis of 50 additional homes is underway with the results expected within weeks. To-date CPSC has received nearly 1,900 reports from 30 states from consumers and homeowners concerned about problem drywall in their homes. We’ve noted before that homeowners insurance policies do not cover this type of loss due to exclusions for damage resulting from “faulty, defective or inadequate† products such as defective construction materials. Check out  the I.I.I. Chinese Drywall fact sheet for more information.

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