Moisture Awareness Education

Moisture Awareness Education (MAE)

The MAE is offered in two formats, first is a 4 hour classroom environment, you can Contact Us for more details. The second option is the MAE DVD for sale at the NAMM Store. You can view the trailer here. The DVD does not include the entire content, but you can see deleted scenes of the DVD here.

Course Description:

The Moisture Awareness Education course was developed to provide the knowledge to be proactive within living/working environments to limit moisture intrusion, mold growth and bacterial infestations. The program brings an awareness to the ever growing financial and health problems associated with indoor mold growth and bacteria infestations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated in 2001 “The key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems.”

This course is the “Moisture Manual” for maintaining your residence/property. It will provide the tools to evaluate the living/working environment, identify areas that might possibly develop a moisture intrusion issue and what to do to prevent a future moisture/mold problem. You will gain an understanding of how professionals should evaluate moisture/mold problems and what to expect from those professionals to be certain that your best interests are being served. You will gain an understanding of mold and why you want to prevent it from growing inside your living environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will understand how your residence/property is constructed and why this knowledge is important.
  • You will see how the many building systems work together to provide a safe and comfortable indoor environment and what happens when they fail.
  • You will realize what “Moisture Management” is and how significant it is in protecting property and health.
  • You will be able to conduct a limited “Moisture Management” evaluation of your own property as part of a normal maintenance program.
  • Should you have a serious water/mold problem, you will be familiar with the steps that a professional should be taking during inspections.
  • When mold testing or sampling is suggested by a professional, you will be familiar with what should be recommended to provide proper results.
  • You will comprehend the important differences between traditional mold remediation and Bioremediation.
  • You will become proactive in protecting your family from health issues associated with moisture intrusion and mold growth in your residence and from financial losses connected to these problems.

Instructional Methods:

This course is taught using a variety of instructional methods including lecture, class discussions and hands-on demonstrations.


Home Construction 101

  • Home Construction Terminology
  • Home Building Systems
    • Building Envelope
    • Attics
    • Basements
    • Crawlspaces
    • HVAC Systems
    • Air Exchangers – HRV’s and ERV’s

Moisture Prevention

  • Moisture Management System
  • Home Maintenance
    • Drainage Plane
    • Landscaping/Planters
    • Sprinklers
    • Pools/Spas/Water Features
    • Exterior Walls
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Gutters/Downspouts
    • Porches/Decks/Patios/Balconies
    • Foundation
    • Roofs/Chimneys/Skylights
    • Crawlspaces
    • Basements/Sump Pumps
    • Attics
    • Garages
    • Living Spaces
    • Bathrooms
    • Kitchens
    • Sinks
    • Laundry Rooms
    • Water Heaters/HVAC Systems
    • Who To Turn To

Assessment Overview

  • What to Expect
    • A Moisture Evaluation
    • A Comprehensive Survey Report
    • Microbial Sampling
    • Air Sampling
    • A Comprehensive Laboratory Report
  • Mold Remediation
    • Traditional vs. Bioremediation
    • Bioremediation
  • What to Look Out For
    • Buyer Beware
    • Air Purifiers
    • Ozone Generators
    • Case Study

Understanding Microbial Growth

  • Microbial Fundamentals
    • What is Microbial Growth?
    • Requirements for Indoor Microbial Growth
    • Microbial Growth Basics
    • Life Cycle of Microbial Growth
  • Health Impacts of Microbial Growth
    • Allergenic
    • Pathogenic
    • Brain Aspergillus
    • Toxic
    • Mycotoxins
  • The Microbial Problem
    • When is Microbial Growth a Problem?
    • Poor Construction
    • Inadequate Ventilation


Students must be in attendance for the entire two days in order to receive any credit hours for the class. There will be a final exam at the end of day two that will consist of 50 multiple choice questions. The student must receive at least a 70% grade to pass the class.

Americans with Disabilities Statement and Non-Discrimination:

NAMM is an affirmative action, equal opportunity association. Students with documented disabilities who may need special instructional accommodations should notify NAMM upon application to take the course.