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John is an Indoor Environmental Quality Specialist with a Degree in Environmental Health Science and over 35 years of experience. 


Twenty-five years ago he coauthored a pioneering book with architect Paula Baker-Laporte and medical doctor Erica Elliott titled Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners (use code BANTA at checkout for 10% discount) also in e-book format. It is now in its fourth edition. 

For the last 27 years John has specialized in mold and water damage problems in buildings. He conducted investigations, and supervised crews in water damage, flood and mold remediation throughout the United States. He trained workers in restoring water damaged buildings, contaminated water clean-ups, mold remediation and worker health and safety programs throughout the United States and Canada as well as England, Australia and New Zealand.

He currently specializes in medically important investigations with 85% of his clients referred to him by their physician. He is the developer of the Pathways Testing system offered through RestCon Environmental. John's upcoming book Mold Controlled is about recovering buildings from mold and other water damage organisms, finding, avoiding and fixing problems. Learn more about his upcoming book


Research Interests


Mold and Effects in the Living Environment

Research into mold contaminated mattress


Healthy Homes and Buildings

How buildings interact with the health of its inhabitants

Published Research

Banta, J., Passmore, B., Holland, J., “Modeling the Equilibrium Spore Load for a Building,” Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins and Human Health, E. Johanning, Ed., Fungal Research Group Foundation Inc., March 2005, pp 262-269.

Holland, J., Banta, J., Cole, G., Passmore, B., “Bacterial Amplification and In-Place Carpet Drying: Implications for Category 1 Water Intrusion Restoration,” Journal of Environmental Health, May 2012, Volume 74, No. 9, pp 8-14.

Dec 2013 - Current

Certified Industrial Hygienist

American Board of Industrial Hygiene

July 2001 - November 2013

Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist.

August 12, 2002 - Current

Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician and Instructor

January 2010 - Current

Master Water Restorer

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