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A combined transient hygrothermal and population model of house dust mites in beds

Pretlove, SEC; Ridley, I; Horwood, JA; Leung, B; Cox, P; Thomson, D; Baker, N; ... Oreszczyn, T; + view all (2001) A combined transient hygrothermal and population model of house dust mites in beds. In: Green open access

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This paper describes a current multidisciplinary U.K. funded research project aimed at developing a hygrothermal model of house dust mite response to environmental conditions. The project involves the development of a transient hygrothermal bed model, which has been tested and validated by comparing its predictions with the environmental conditions measured in a bed in a test laboratory and in beds in dwellings. A dust mite population model is currently being developed and is being tested by carrying out mite population growth studies in the laboratory, where environmental conditions can be controlled and measured accurately, and in dwellings. The aim of the project is to integrate the hygrothermal model with the population model so that assessments of the risks associated with dust mite populations in dwellings can be made. The combined model can also be used as a practical tool for examining how the dust mite microenvironments can most effectively be improved by changing the design and use of a dwelling. © 2001 ASHRAE.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A combined transient hygrothermal and population model of house dust mites in beds
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
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 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/2454
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