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Assessment of mould growth between elements of exterior constructions

Efthymiopoulos, S; Altamirano, H; Marincioni, V; (2019) Assessment of mould growth between elements of exterior constructions. In: Proceedings of the MC2019 Masters Conference People and Buildings. MC2019 Masters Conference People and Buildings: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The installation of external, internal or cavity wall insulation may be an efficient measure to reduce the energy consumption of a building. Applying internal wall insulation may be the only feasible solution for some cases. However, unintended consequences such as moisture accumulation within the building elements may occur. This study constitutes part of exploratory research which aimed to examine whether air sampling through impaction and culture-based analysis can be utilised for the assessment of mould growth within building elements. The present paper aims to determine whether the location of mould within confined spaces affects the sampling results. Towards this end, a CFD analysis was carried out and was complemented by two series of scale experiments. The results from both procedures were then compared and useful conclusions regarding the flow pattern and the potential relationship between the mould's location and the sampling results were extracted.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Assessment of mould growth between elements of exterior constructions
Event: NCEUB Conferences, MC2019 Masters Conference People and Buildings
Location: London, UK
Dates: 20 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://nceub.org.uk/ocs/index.php/MC2019/MC2019
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Internal Wall Insulation, Air Sampling, Mould, Assessment, Location
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10102598
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