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Is new housing a health hazard?

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Nath, S, Dewsbury, M ORCID: 0000-0002-3607-3637 and Orr, K ORCID: 0000-0001-7378-1301 2018 , 'Is new housing a health hazard?', in P Rajagopalan and MM Andamon (eds.), Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density, 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018 , The Architectural Science Association, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 71-78 .

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Abstract

The National Construction Code has been regularly enhanced since 2002 with an effort to reduce greenhouse gasemissions. Many aging, and very young Australians spend most of their time within their homes. Coincidently, in Australia,asthma is the leading cause of disease in children aged 0 – 14 years, accounting for 17.9% of the total burden in boysand 18.6% in girls. Many researchers have supported a connection between damp housing and sensitivity to dust mitesand other childhood respiratory symptoms. Within Australia’s temperate and cool temperate climates, the commensuratechange in energy efficiency requirements in the national building regulations may have inadvertently created ideal interiorenvironments that promote mould growth. If the built environment is promoting mould growth, leading to sick buildingsyndrome, it is a matter of serious concern that could be resulting from design or technical flaws in the building fabric. Thisconcern, which has been raised by medical scientists, requires the action of architects to provide guidance on methodsto passively, or actively, manage air-borne moisture within homes and workplaces. This paper attempts to bridge the gapbetween architectural and medical science perspectives in this area of study.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Nath, S and Dewsbury, M and Orr, K
Keywords: energy efficiency, condensation, mould, building simulation
Journal or Publication Title: Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density, 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018
Publisher: The Architectural Science Association
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Copyright 2018 The Architectural Science Associationand RMIT University, Australia.

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