E3S Web Conf.
Volume 172, 202012th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics (NSB 2020)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||30 June 2020|
Assessment of interstitial mould growth through impaction: a feasibility study
Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London, UK.
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The application of insulation to solid walls is one of the measures to help reduce the energy consumption of a building. Where external wall insulation is not feasible (e.g. listed buildings), internal insulation may be the only option to improve the thermal property of external walls. However, such interventions may be followed by unintended consequences , such as moisture accumulation and the growth of mould . The study aims to develop a method for the non-disruptive assessment of interstitial mould growth in internally insulated walls. Air sampling through impaction and culture-based analysis was used in the study. Mould species commonly found in buildings were cultivated and used in small-scale experiments, and the effects of several sampling periods and airflow rates assessed. Potential relationships between the sampling variables and the results were determined by means of statistical analysis - a strong correlation between the coverage of mould behind the wall and the sampling periods and airflow rates. The effect of the inertial impaction frequency on the sampling results and the feasibility and applicability of the suggested methodology in real-life scenarios are also discussed.
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