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      My home is making me sick! Implications of poor indoor environment quality on mould growth

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      1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings 2021 (ICMB21)

      28-29 June 2021

      mould growth, hygrothermal, indoor environment, health

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          It is estimated that 1 in 3 Australian homes displays excessive dampness and mould proliferation, representing a significant threat to human health (physical and psychological). This study aims to provide a snapshot of the current indoor air quality of Australian residential buildings regarding air pollutants and biological growth via a case study. Monitoring results indicate that buildings with a high concentration of fungal spores are also more likely to present poor indoor air quality levels, high concentrations of particulate matters (PM10 and PM2.5) and CO2. Further, it suggests that the extensive mould damage may go inviable for too long posing a significant health hazard on people. This research suggests the need for the development of early detection strategies that could minimize the health hazard to people, thereby preventing the need for a major renovation.

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          12 May 2021
          [1 ] School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney
          [2 ] Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
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          Published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International ( CC BY 4.0). Users are allowed to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially), as long as the authors and the publisher are explicitly identified and properly acknowledged as the original source.

          1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings 2021
          28-29 June 2021
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          The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.


          mould growth, hygrothermal, indoor environment, health


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