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Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings

UCCI, M; Biddulph, P; Oreszczyn, T; Crowther, D; Wilkinson, T; Pretlove, S; Hart, B; (2011) Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings. Journal of Building Performance Simulation , 4 (3) 285 - 300. 10.1080/19401493.2010.532235. Green open access

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Abstract

This article discusses the capabilities and the application of an innovative combined hygrothermal and population model to assess the impact of building design and occupant behaviour on house dust mite populations in a mattress. The combined model is the first of its kind able to predict the impact of hourly transient hygrothermal conditions within a 3-dimensional mattress on a population of 'wild' Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus mites. The modelling shows that the current drive for energy efficiency in buildings might lead to an increase in house dust mite infestations in UK dwellings. Further research is needed to accurately determine the size of these effects and to adequately evaluate any trade-offs between energy efficiency measures and health outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19401493.2010.532235
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19401493.2010.532235
Language: English
Additional information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Building Performance Simulation: Ucci, M and Biddulph, P and Oreszczyn, T and Crowther, D and Wilkinson, T and Pretlove, S and Hart, B and Ridley, I (2011) Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings. Journal of Building Performance Simulation , 4 (3) 285 - 300. Journal of Building Performance Simulation is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1940-1493 &volume=4&issue=3&spage=285
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/951463
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