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MOULD RISK ASSESSMENT FOR THERMAL BRIDGES: WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE MOULD PREDICTION MODEL?



Author(s): Vereecken, E. and Roels, S.
Paper category: Conference
Book title: XIII International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components - XIII DBMC
Editor(s): Marco Quattrone, Vanderley M. John
Print ISBN: none
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-149-0
Publication year: 2015
Pages: 599-606
Total Pages: 8
Language: English


Abstract: Whereas previously the temperature ratio was commonly used as criterion to predict the mould growth risk during the design stage, nowadays other – more advanced – mould prediction models are available. These models include the main influence factors for mould growth: the surface temperature and relative humidity. Other factors, e.g. the substrate and the mould species, are only rarely included. In addition, the criterion which indicates mould risk differs for each model.

In this paper, a comparison between the different mould prediction models is made. To do so, the relative humidity and temperature courses found at the interior surface of three thermal bridges are used as an input in the mould prediction models. For some conditions it was shown that a different mould risk conclusion was drawn depending on the prediction model.


Online publication: 2015
Publication Type: full_text
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