Impact of the new rite 2013 (regulation on thermal installation) on indoor air quality

This paper presents a comparison of Indoor Air Quality in several buildings constructed prior to the implementation of the new Spanish regulation on thermal installations (RITE, 2007 modified on 2013) and some new ones that fully accomplish the requirements of this new regulation.

Fungal Growth Prediction on Building Materials by Reaction-Diffusion Model Coupled with Heat and Moisture transfer

A mathematical model that reproduces fungal proliferation and morphological colony formation was developed on the basis of a reaction diffusion modeling approach. In this modeling, fungus was separated into two states, active and inactive, and it was assumed that active fungus moves by diffusion and reaction while generating and producing inactive fungus. The effects of temperature and humidity on fungal growth were explicitly incorporated in the reaction term of nutrient consumption/generation of active fungus in this governing equation.


The fungal index is a biological climate-parameter, which represents the environmental capacity toallow fungal growth. The author developed software that determines the computed fungal index,which was estimated using the Excel software "INDEX" from the measured temperature and relativehumidity. The computed fungal index and the measured fungal index, determined using a fungaldetector encapsulating fungal spores, were determined in 10 rooms in six dwelling houses.

Indoor Air Pollution with Fungus inside Well Insulated Houses - Biological Aspects -

Since the energy-crisis of the 70’ies, the trend goes to energy-saving constructions, that have strongly changed our way of building. The development of highly insulated houses in combination with manual window-airing leads to problems concerning a good q

Changes in airborne fungi from the outdoors to indoor air ; large HVAC systems in nonproblem buildings in two different climates

The changes in occurrence and the distribution of airborne fungi when they are transported in the airstream from the outdoor air to the indoor air are not well-known. For that study, fungal samples were tested in different locations in the HVAC systems with a six-stage Andersen Sampler with malt extract agar. The results showed that the fungal species changed according to those locations.

Moisture damage in schools - symptoms and indoor air microbes.

The association of moisture damages of school buildings with microbial indoor air quality and health status of school children was studied. To determine the association the school buildings (N=32) were divided into the moisture damaged (index) and non-damaged (reference) schools according to technical inspection data. Children's health surveys were made by questionnaires. Microbes were determined from indoor air of school buildings using a six-stage impactor. Children in the index schools reported more respiratory symptoms compared to children in the reference schools.

Dispersal of spores from fungal-contaminated duct material.

Fungal-contaminated air handling systems have been implicated as a source for the dispersal of spores into the indoor environment, potentially serving as a route of exposure to building occupants. Because quantitative data are lacking, this study was conducted to measure the dispersal of spores from fungal colonies growing on three types of duct material: galvanized metal, rigid fibrous glass ductboard, and fiberglass duct liner.

The impact of HVAC system cleaning on levels of surface dust and viable fungi in ductwork.

Samples of surface dust were collected from ducts before and after an HV AC system cleaning project in an office complex in Canada. Dust levels were quantified gravimetrically and concentrations of viable fungi were determined (1) using a standard dilution plating method from vacuum-collected surface dust samples; and (2) by the collection of surface samples on commercially available agar contact slides.