Regional council investigates re-roofing building in search for black mould source

Architects were due to visit the Environment Southland building in Invercargill on Thursday after black mold was found in the building.

Robyn Edie / Stuff

Architects were due to visit the Environment Southland building in Invercargill on Thursday after black mold was found in the building.

Neighborhood Southland continues to search for the source of black mold in the council chambers and may need to re-cover the office building in Invercargill.

Paul le Roux, the regional council’s business partner on health, safety and wellness, told an Organizational Performance and Audit Committee Thursday morning that two architects would visit the building that afternoon to determine how the council would address the issue. have to tackle.

He suspected it would advise the council to bring in an engineer, he said.

Le Roux said he didn’t know whether the mold, which was found in three parts of the building, was caused by rising damp from the ground or by a leak from the roof.

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The roof was 40 years old and flat, with a butanol cladding, which deteriorated over time, he said.

The cost of hiring architects, engineers or refurbishing the building was not discussed during the meeting.

The council closed its council chamber in July after black mold was found on a wall in the room.

After a contractor was called in to inspect the building, additional mold was found on three roof tiles in the cafe and bacteria in the carpet at the entrance between two offices.

The mold was confirmed and the council awaited test results to ensure the black mold and bacteria had been effectively removed.

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