This ERMI dust testing method or protocol was developed by EPA. This test relies on PCR/DNA to obtain the result.
ERMI Stands For The Environmental Relative Moldiness Index
This ERMI dust testing method or protocol was developed by EPA. This test relies on PCR/DNA to obtain the result. The objective of the original research was to confirm or deny mold as a factor in asthmatic children living in homes in Boston, Kansas City, and San Diego in 2006. The testing candidates were chosen from a HUD’s 2005 American Healthy Homes Survey. Thirty six molds are included in this test. The initial results showed that Aspergillus niger was present at higher levels in children that reported “mild, intermittent asthma”.
The conclusion of the initial study found higher ERMI values were associated with homes of asthmatic children in three widely dispersed cities in the United State.
ERMI just isn’t designed and implemented to see if your home has mold.
Today, ERMI is database began with the initial results results. Database access is licensed to existing certified environmental labs. The database adds all results analyzed in all labs. But here’s the flaw: because there is such a wide variety of collection methods (the people taking the dust sample) the conclusions aren’t accurate.