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Void conditions and potential for mould growth for insulated and uninsulated suspended timber ground floors

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Void conditions and potential for mould growth for insulated and uninsulated suspended timber ground floors. / Pelsmakers, Sofie; Vereecken, Evy; Airaksinen, Miimu; Elwell, Cliff.

julkaisussa: International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vuosikerta 37, Nro 4, 12.08.2019, s. 395-425.

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Pelsmakers, S, Vereecken, E, Airaksinen, M & Elwell, C 2019, 'Void conditions and potential for mould growth for insulated and uninsulated suspended timber ground floors', International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vuosikerta. 37, Nro 4, Sivut 395-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-05-2018-0041

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Pelsmakers, S., Vereecken, E., Airaksinen, M., & Elwell, C. (2019). Void conditions and potential for mould growth for insulated and uninsulated suspended timber ground floors. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 37(4), 395-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-05-2018-0041

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Pelsmakers S, Vereecken E, Airaksinen M, Elwell C. Void conditions and potential for mould growth for insulated and uninsulated suspended timber ground floors. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. 2019 elo 12;37(4):395-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-05-2018-0041

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Pelsmakers, Sofie ; Vereecken, Evy ; Airaksinen, Miimu ; Elwell, Cliff. / Void conditions and potential for mould growth for insulated and uninsulated suspended timber ground floors. Julkaisussa: International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. 2019 ; Vuosikerta 37, Nro 4. Sivut 395-425.

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abstract = "PurposeMillions of properties have suspended timber ground floors globally, with around ten million in the UK alone. However, it is unknown what the floor void conditions are, nor the effect of insulating such floors. Upgrading floors changes the void conditions, which might increase or decrease moisture build-up and mould and fungal growth. The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the current global evidence and present the results of in situ monitoring of 15 UK floor voids.Design/methodology/approachAn extensive literature review on the moisture behaviour in both uninsulated and insulated suspended timber crawl spaces is supplemented with primary data of a monitoring campaign during different periods between 2012 and 2015. Air temperature and relative humidity sensors were placed in different floor void locations. Where possible, crawl spaces were visually inspected.FindingsComparison of void conditions to mould growth thresholds highlights that a large number of monitored floor voids might exceed the critical ranges for mould growth, leading to potential occupant health impacts if mould spores transfer into living spaces above. A direct comparison could not be made between insulated and uninsulated floors in the sample due to non-random sampling and because the insulated floors included historically damp floors. The study also highlighted that long-term monitoring over all seasons and high-resolution monitoring and inspection are required; conditions in one location are not representative of conditions in other locations.Originality/valueThis study presents the largest UK sample of monitored floors, evaluated using a review of current evidence and comparison with literature thresholds.",
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