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The effects of ventilation and building design factors on the risk of condensation and mould growth in dwellings.

Loudon A.G., 1971
condensation | ventilation | house | moisture
Bibliographic info: Building Research Station. current paper 31/71 = Archit. Jnl. 19th May 1971 153, 20, 1149-1159
Languages: English

Presents calculations of mean temperatures and relative humidities , shown graphically for three typical housing types assuming different heat and moisture inputs: 1) whole house uniformly heated with moisture from household activities uniformly distributed; 2) kitchen at constant temperature with high moisture emission rate; 3) unheated bedroom with two occupants assumed to be in thermalequilibrium with a room below at 15 c. Concludes that there is a certain critical amount of heat needed to give a relative humidity of less than 70% and thus avoid the danger of mould growth . Also finds there is a minimum amount of ventilation needed, but this minimum amount is shown to be much the same as is required for hygienic purposes i.e. 0.5 to 1.0 air changes per hour for the house as a whole.


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