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Magnitude of the mould and moisture problem in Danish homes

L. Gunnarsen, L. Keiding, 2003
moisture | questionnaire | residential building | mould
Bibliographic info: Healthy Buildings 2003 - Proceedings 7th International Conference (7th-11th December 2003) - National University of Singapore - Vol. 3, pp 677-682, 2 Fig., 1 Tab., 7 Ref.
Languages: English

The purpose of this study was to quantify the extent of moisture problems in Danish homes. Aquestionnaire-based survey was made and a representative sample of 3800 Danes older than15 years responded. Main results are that 17.6% of the people have had moisture damages intheir dwelling during the last 5 years and among those as much as 36.4% have not yetremedied the damages. A total of 17.7% have moisture or mould spots on their walls, ceilingsor floors. As many as 40.1% have mist on the inside of their bedroom windows during winter.A total of 91.5% of the people air out their dwelling daily by opening windows but 10.8%perceive noise, air pollution, risk of burglary or others as a barrier for sufficient opening ofwindows. A reduction of moisture problems are only likely to be achieved by a joint efforttowards ventilation systems, user behaviour, maintenance and source control.

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