July 11, 2001 [posted April 1999] Crumbling
Walls Creating A Stir."The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),
representing over 60,000 home builders nation wide, told Dateline that
synthetic stucco, even if it meticulously applied and maintained, "Isn't
compatible with the existing wood frame construction methods in the United
States." They went on to say that homes with synthetic stucco "develops
moisture intrusion problems even when properly constructed according to
July 10, 2001 Beware:Toxic
Mold Is the fungus in your floorboards making you sick? With no
clear answers, panic and lawsuits aboundƯ BY ANITA HAMILTON Time
Magazine. The losers are people like Mark and Mary Jane O'Hara of Eugene,
Ore. In February they had the local fire department burn their home to
the ground after doctors attributed the family's chronic nosebleeds, flulike
symptoms and severe headaches to mold.
July 3, 2001 Homeowners
from Montgomery County traveled to Austin to testify before the Texas Department
of Insurance at a special mold hearing Tuesday. While some insurance
agencies have blamed the increasing mold litigation on false claims and
public panic, Brunson testified that the increase in mold litigation is
the result of increasingly poor building. It is the home builders, Brunson
said, who should be held responsible for the recent
July 3, 2001 Black
Mold: Creeping Destruction It Destroys Houses And Makes Residents
Sick AP (CBS Evening News) The builder has offered to patch
the leaks and has a lawsuit of its own against the stucco manufacturer.
Says Bruce Cohoon, president of Life Forms, Inc.:
"We feel that they're the responsible party here and the applicator of
the product and anything we're doing to assist our customers in the remedy
of this situation should be borne by them."
May 29, 2001 Toxic
molds bring lawsuit from homeowners By CINDY HORSWELL Houston
Chronicle. The two families are among 73 in The Woodlands suing builder
Form Homes Inc.; a manufacturer, Finestone; and others over a synthetic
stucco used on their houses. They point out that since 1999, Village Builders,
a builder not involved in the Woodlands case, has spent more than $12.5
million stripping synthetic stucco from more than 350 homes in the Houston
area and replacing it.
May 27, 2001 Home
owners protest over black mold ABC 13 Eyewitness News (5/26/01)
ó Black mold is driving families out of their homes in the Woodlands.
Seventy homes are infested with the toxic growth which homeowners say is
causing illness among them and their children.
May 23, 2001 Fox 26 Houston covers Life Forms
Homes story concerning mold. Read about the various issues
with mold on the Toxic Mold page. Also see
for information on sythetic stuco.
May 20, 2001 Homeowners Protest Life Forms
Homes during The Woodlands Rainbow Tour of Homes. Some of these
homeowners found a POT OF MOLD at the end of their rainbow.
May 19, 2001 Make Sure What's at the End of Your Rainbow Isn't a
Pot of MOLD! Homeowners in The Woodlands Texas questions builder, Life
Forms Homes, about synthetic stucco
and mold during a "Rainbow Tour" of homes.
April 23, 2001 House
of Mold By Carolyn MungO KHOU TV Houston. "When you find
out that your house is actually endangering the life of your child, you
just have to move...you just have to pick up and move." --Alda Brunson
Mold related stories from KHOU TV:
Feb 4, 2001 Mold
Forces Another Family Out of Their Home By Carolyn Mungo KHOU TV
Houston. "The Patterson family is just one of dozens of families who have
called us since last night's report to say they have also been evacuated
because of toxic mold. "
Feb 14, 2001 Synthetic Stucco information coming soon.
Feb 7, 2001 Seismic
Mold BY Jason Whitely KHOU TV Houston. The cleaning and repair
bill could be in excess of a $100,000.