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Daniel Friedman is a forensic microscopist, a journalist and a nationally recognized expert on building inspection, building failures, and sick building investigation. He serves as editor of InspectAPedia.com, also see Daniel Friedman's CV: Publications & Classes. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Journalist, Daniel Friedman is the editor and lead author of the building, environmental, & energy conservation problem diagnosis and repair online encyclopedia InspectAPedia.com®. Daniel's interest in journalism began in 1953 (cub reporter, Richmond News Leader). Currently he specializes in environmental & construction inspection, diagnosis, & repair, & forensic investigations - His technical and other writing have appeared in various publications since 1953, including the The ASHI Technical Journal (where he served as publisher and editor), and contributions to Progressive Builder and New Shelter, the Journal of Light Construction, New England Builder, Fine Homebuilding, Smart Homeowner, the Old House Journal, This Old House Magazine, and in various newspapers including the New York Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond News Leader, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Mensa Journal, as well as in various U.S. EPA, CPSC, and other government & research publications in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, the U.S., and other countries.
Forensic Microscopy, since 1985, specializing in particle identification for diagnostic purposes, including buildings, indoor environment, and works of art, assisting in art and artifact conservation for museums, conservators, and individual artists. Works with art and building conservationists on contaminant identification & paint failure analysis, performing particle, mold, debris, & stain identification by microscopy and microchemistry for museums (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, others) and galleries and with U.S. National & State Park Services, European art agencies, & historic societies to assist in art works & historic artifact & historic building conservation (see Mold on Art Works.
Environmental, Indoor Air Quality & mold field investigations and laboratory services, since 1985, specializing in particle identification, IAQ and mold, pollen, allergen, and other indoor air particle investigations - Microscopy Lab Analysis for sick buildings or in the course of art conservation, including on - site and mail - in sample lab services.
Construction Evaluation & Diagnosis since 1978 as American Home Service Company: residential and commercial real estate Building inspections, home inspections Construction problem diagnosis, research, & solutions; also, construction arbitration, Building defect investigation, expert witness, photo, video, and written documentation of Building conditions and defects - Special consulting & research in electrical systems and hazards, water supply, onsite waste disposal (septic systems), materials failures, structural failures, paint, roofing, and siding failures, water and moisture - related damage, Building - related illness, bioaerosols, site & environmental hazards and concerns - Daniel is a New York State Approved Licensed Home Inspector Instructor.
Professional Writing, Editing, Publishing, & General Research since 1978 - American micro Publish Company, provided Internet Website Page Design and Content Development Services (1989 - 2004), and (1978 to present) related technical research, writing, editing, publishing, design services specializing in the construction, building, & environmental forensics field - Other projects include turn key production of the ASHI Technical Journal a national professional publication about identification of Building defects - Extensive research & writing on construction topics can be found on the internet, has been taught at conferences and seminars, and has been published in national publications including various news publications, The Old House Journal, New Shelter Magazine, and as staff writer and indexer for the Journal of Light Construction - A defunct publication, Real News, was a FAX newsletter concerned with environmental and Building hazards - Writes also non - technical rarely - published fiction, essays, questionable humor, sometimes bad poetry, doggerel verse, and terrible limericks.
Teaching: Construction, Building Failures, Building Inspection 1986 to present: lectures on construction failure/defect detection/Analysis, theory, practice, complexity and errors, computer system design and use at annual national and state professional conferences as well as university classes - Guest lecturer at Harvard School of Architecture & Design, on recognizing Building defects - Popularly received class titled "American Architecture, Designed to Fail" Not invited back after second lecture - Curriculum designer of New York University's certificate program in Building inspection. New York State certified home inspection education instructor.
Government Consulting: state licensing exam development for North Carolina; state licensing board consulting for North Carolina, New Jersey, and others; Canadian distant - education curriculum development; US CPSC consulting regarding specific Building material and product hazards - Provided photographs and content for several US Government health and air quality publications such as published by the U.S. EPA.
Business/Professional Computer Consulting since 1968.
Publishes & Edits InspectAPedia.com online building, indoor environment, energy conservation, & forensic building, environment, & art conservation (paint failure) field and lab investigation encyclopedia, Sick House Information Website, and related consumer and construction websites providing authoritative environmental and construction information for consumers, as well as links to related information services on the Internet System design, bulletin boards, CompuServe & Internet Website Services specializing in construction-related fields. Using networks and commercial data bases, provides research services to business, technical, and medical professions
More than 40 years' construction experience including - Owned and operated construction firm specializing in historic renovation and restoration of residential buildings; first heavy construction work as laborer at missile silo construction for the Fleet Anti Aircraft Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, VA - Subsequent construction activities focused on residential and light construction - Owned and operated a residential and light - commercial heating and cooling service company
Employed 17 years by IBM in technical and management positions in both large and small hardware and software systems design and performance evaluation - Last position held: advisory engineering manager of software/microcode half of an experimental R&D organization for an IBM Fellow - Previous position as a manager in diagnostic and error recovery processor controller development for IBM's largest processor, Model 3090 - Various honors - IBM System Research Institute graduate.
Undergraduate: BSci, Washington & Lee University, 1965 - Marketing, accounting, business management, French language, philosophy, religion, art.
Graduate Study: George Washington University School of Law and Graduate School of Business;
Forensic Microscopy, Aerobiology, Mycology, Particle Identification: field and laboratory investigation methods, classes, workshops, and activity in professional associations, completed technical courses in Microscopy, Introductory Pollen & Fungal Spore Identification, In - Depth Burkard Sampler Training, Intermediate Pollen Identification, Intermediate Fungal Spore Identification - Aerobiology Instruction and Research, faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health - Advanced Fungal Spore Identification, House Dust Particle Identification, Mold Culture and Mold Culture Speciation, Forensic Microscopy & Polarized Light Microscopy - McCrone Research Institute, faculty from McRI, University of Toronto, and other experts - Continuing study in Aerobiology with special interest in fungal spores, house dust particle identification, and indoor gas contaminants and Building materials outgassing
Professional & Trade Education: Home Inspection; Residential Construction, Framing, Interior Finishing, Masonry, Plumbing and Heating, Air Conditioning, Roofing, and NY State Building code, and Radon detection and mitigation; extensive participation in Building technology/inspection classes both as student and as teacher at international, national, and state levels.
Professional Participation & Membership Societies
Research and writing: InspectAPedia.com - an extensive technical resource for diagnosis and repair information regarding a wide range of residential and light - commercial construction, environmental, & energy conservation concerns; Building failures investigation, diagnosis, repair, forensic investigation, Energy conservation, Indoor Environment, Indoor Air Quality, Building related illness, field & laboratory investigation methodology validation, forensic microscopy methods and procedures in the environment, buildings, and art, art conservation, paint and pigment analysis for failures or contaminants, building defect or building failure diagnosis and indoor air investigations: field and laboratory methods for effective evaluation of extent of cosmetic, allergenic, or toxic mold and other aerobiological particles in buildings, and a comparative evaluation of moisture detection methods in buildings as an aid to finding hidden fungal growth
Current studies underway: Forensic examination of paint, blood, and particulates on works of art; Forensic examination of paint failures, diagnosis of cause, foreign bodies in paints; Field Testing Protocols for Airborne Particle Sampling Using Burkard Personal Air Samplers; Comparative Efficacy of Air Sampling Cassettes using Adhesive - Tape versus MCE/Triacetin Slides; Comparative Efficacy of Alternative Air Sampling Cassette Products, An Evaluation of Rapid Drying Methods to Prevent Mold Contamination in buildings, a Study of the Affinity for Specific Mold Genera/Species for Specific Indoor Building Materials, A Study of Airborne Particulates in Central Mexico, A Study of Fungi on or Invading the Nopal Cactus in Mexico, and A Study of the Effects of Indoor Mold on Household Pets as Indicators of Under-Explored Indoor Toxins, A comparison of alternative methods for detecting moisture in buildings, Mold in fiberglass insulation, Mold - resistant construction practices. Technical and research projects are described at The Mold Information Center - What to Do About Mold in buildings - and InspectAPedia.com
In - depth online publications organized at InspectAPedia.com include topics such as Age: How to Determine the Age of a House - Visual & Other Clues - A Home Inspection Guide to Building Age, Air Conditioning Diagnosis, Inspection, & Repair Guide Asphalt Roof Shingle Inspection, Defects, Contractors, Claims, Diagnosis of Failures, Attic Condensation - Detecting and Correcting Attic Condensation and Preventing Ice Dam Leaks in buildings, Aluminum Electrical Wiring hazards/repairs, Asbestos Identification in buildings: How to find & identify asbestos - containing materials Brick Lined Walls in Wood Framed Homes - How to Detect Brick Wall Liner, What to do About "Brick Insulation" in Building Walls Brick Lined Walls in Wood Framed Homes - How to Detect Brick Wall Liner, What to do About "Brick Insulation" in Building Walls, Building Leaks, Moisture & Mold sources and related damage, Electromagnetic Field Measurement Procedures, Fiberglass in Indoor Air, HVAC Ducts, & Building Insulation, health concerns, measurement methods , Flood Damage Assessment & Repair: How to Prevent or Remove Mold After a Flood Foundations: The Foundation Crack Bible - Foundation Cracks, Leans, Bulges, Settlement: Inspecting Foundations for Structural Defects - Detection, Diagnosis, Cause, Repair, Heating System Inspection, Repair, Maintenance, Residential and Light Commercial Heating Systems, Rust & Corrosion in Electrical Panels, A study & Report on Frequency & Cause, Federal Pacific Electric Panels, Home Inspection Methodology & Research, vision, light, the psychology of errors, Indoor Air Quality, Sick Building / Sick House Investigations for allergens and bioaerosols, Lightning Protection Systems Information and Sources of Lightning Protection Systems, Mobile Homes, How to Inspect Mobile Homes, Double wides, Trailers, Mold in buildings: What to Do About Black Mold and other Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Concerns in buildings, Mold in Fiberglass Insulation, Oil Tanks - Buried/Above Ground, Paint Failure Diagnosis Methods, Roofing failures (fiberglass - based asphalt shingle cracking), Sears Catalog Homes, how to identify a Sears Kit House, Septic System diagnosis, maintenance, repair, Siding failures, (Masonite, Georgia Pacific, Boise Cascade composite wood, also Vinyl), Slate Roofs How to Inspect and Repair Slate Roofs, Tanks: Types of Tanks Found in buildings, Water Tanks, Tank Repairs, When to Replace an Oil Storage Tank, Vision: the nature of vision, inspecting complex systems, WATER PUMP REPAIR GUIDE - How to Purchase, Diagnosis, & Repair well pumps, Water Testing, types of water tests, preventing cheating on water tests, arsenic, bacteria, lead, other contaminants, limits, prevention, cures, InspectAPedia home page lists and organized all of Daniel Friedman's online publications.
Daniel Friedman's Publications
Recognition & Miscellaneous
June, 2005, Pan American Aerobiology Association, PAAA, Larry Syzdek Participation Award (probably for agreeing to present a conference session on very short notice, and perhaps for asking a lot of questions). In January, 1997, DF was honored to receive the American Society of Home Inspectors' most prestigious recognition, the Phil Monahon award. The award recognizes exceptional and innovative contributions to the Building inspection profession. January 1991, American Society of Home Inspectors' ASHI National President's Award for service to the society and profession. January 1994, American Red Cross – Participation Award for Assistance to the Victims of the Southern California [Northridge] Earthquake. 1994 to Present: various Internet website awards for technical content and presentation. 1989 ASHI: contributions to the Annual Conference for Home Inspectors. 1988 American Arbitration Association. Contribution to the Encouragement of Voluntary Dispute Resolution. 1988 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Small Homes Council. Building Research Council, ASHI/SHC Seminar Organizer/Participant 1988 New York State Energy Office. Reducing Indoor Radon Workshop Series.
Vitals, Family, Interests, Photos
Partner Jennifer Church, Two daughters, sons in-law, five grandchildren, soon six, assorted vehicles, books, musical instruments, tools, computers, forensic microscopes, stuff like that. Supporting religious and civic organizations and the elderly, Reduced-fee or pro-bono assistance - available for elderly, disabled, veterans, or churches/synagogues.
Born: Richmond Va - 10 September 1943
Eclectic personal interests: outdoor activities ( hike, sail, raft trips, ski, camp, getting close to nature, but respecting natural inhabitants, jeeping around Mexican towns, going to church in San Miguel de Allende (during the Cabalgato) Harleys, BMW's, jeeps, literature (varies), music (Bach to banjo), photography (barns, buildings, building history, building failures, insects, mold, microscopy, including most of the photos at Inspect APedia.com and documentary photography in other countries), and micro - photography through the microscope, writing poetry & short fiction philosophy, science (neurology to physics), volunteer/social services (elderly, red cross, meals on wheels), travel, an occasional home project or political protest and also enjoying sunsets.
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