Building Services Engineering




Moulds have long been a serious problem in the construction industry due to faulty building practices and deficient upkeep. Considerably stricter thermal insulation requirements have now focussed even more attention on the topic. NovaBiotec Dr. Fechter GmbH analyses indoor air quality, materials (wallpaper), and surfaces (contact samples) in order to determine and assess the existence of mould. Our investigation of the source of the problem also takes into account the physics of the building. We propose action plans, provide restoration guidelines, and supervise the processes and results of mould elimination work. Our network of expert bioremediation and restoration companies and certified public and private building inspectors ensures that we can rapidly define and solve every problem.

When disturbances or discomfort in living spaces are non-specific (Sick Building Syndrome), not only moulds but also potentially hazardous chemical substances must be considered. We assess construction materials and building applications in order to define the scope of our analysis, and then test for such substances as aldehydes, ketones, volatile organic compounds (VOC), softeners, and wood preservatives.

When examining the physics of the building (sealing) in conjunction with our biological studies, it is often necessary to consider dry rot and other wood-eradicating fungi. While these do not represent an immediate health hazard, they can nevertheless lead to structural problems. Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) can attack a building from the cellar to the attic, and requires meticulous analysis and clean-up.

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Recommended restoration companies include the following:

SATEK Holz- und Bautenschutz GmbH

U.C.E. Höckert GmbH

If you have further questions regarding the drying of buildings, please consult the following website:

Die Feuchteklinik - Otto Richter GmbH
IFDB Ingenieure für das Bauwesen Prof. Vogdt & Oster Partnergesellschaft

The German Tenants' Association (Deutscher Mieterbund e.V.) provides highly informative literature on moulds as well as other hazards and contaminants in living space, as well as on tenant rights, tenant obligations, and rent reductions. See their Website at: Deutscher Mieterbund e.V.

Are you going through an unavoidable lawsuit? For building and tenant right problems, you can be looked after by: 
Lawyer Ms Gabriele Wenzelewski

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