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Temperate climates, warmer houses and built fabric challenges

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Dewsbury, M ORCID: 0000-0002-3607-3637 and Law, T ORCID: 0000-0001-9341-6977 2017 , 'Temperate climates, warmer houses and built fabric challenges', in International High-Performance Built Environment Conference - a Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (Sbe16) (in: Procedia Engineering, volume 180) , Elsevier Science Bv, Netherlands, pp. 1065-1074 , doi: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.266.

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Abstract

The recent enhancements of the National Construction Code have reduced the amount of energy required to heat and cool Australian homes. To date, the result of these changes, within Australia's temperate and cool-temperate climates, is generally warmer internal temperatures. However, many of these warmer homes are presenting condensation and mould. This is demonstrating a general non-awareness of vapour pressure management within the Australian design and construction professions. This paper discusses research from the architectural and medical science disciplines. The paper identifies a significant gap in appropriate building regulation and building science knowledge within this field in Australia.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Dewsbury, M and Law, T
Keywords: condensation, mould, building regulation, vapour management, human health
Journal or Publication Title: International High-Performance Built Environment Conference - a Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (Sbe16) (in: Procedia Engineering, volume 180)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
ISSN: 1877-7058
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.266
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Copyright 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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