Krus, M.; Sedlbauer, K.
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The 6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation in Buildings IAQVEC 2007, Oct. 28 - 31 2007, Sendai, Japan

In buildings growing conditions for mould fungi can occur and cause fungus infestation. Therefore,consequent measures have to be taken to avoid health dangers that come from mould fungi inbuildings. In order to avoid the mould fungus formation, a strategy has to be set up that focuses on thegrowth conditions for mould fungi. While in Germany only relative humidity is used as an assessmentcriterion for mould growth risk, more and more measured isopleths are used abroad. But all thesegrowth curves have been determined for steady state conditions, in spite of the non-steady stateconditions in reality. The most important boundary conditions for the growth of fungi are temperature,humidity and substrate conditions which have to be simultaneously available. A new biohygrothermalprocedure is developed, which allows the prediction of mould growth under transient boundaryconditions. The assessment results from a comparison of the water content in a modeled mould sporedetermined by transient calculations, with the critical water content, above which the spore germinatesand grows. This new model is described and its application is demonstrated on different practicalexamples.