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Has a singular focus of building regulations created unhealthy homes?

Nath, S, Dewsbury, M ORCID: 0000-0002-3607-3637 and Douwes, J 2019 , 'Has a singular focus of building regulations created unhealthy homes?' , Architectural Science Review , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1080/00038628.2019.1703636.

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Abstract

The energy efficiency performance requirements of the Australian National Construction Code have beenregularly enhanced since 2003 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2010 research has increasinglyraised a concern about high air moisture content, moisture accumulation and mould growth. Coincidently,in Australia, asthma is the leading cause of disease in children aged 0–14 years, accounting for 17.9% ofthe total burden in boys and 18.6% in girls. Many researchers have supported a connection between damphousing and childhood respiratory symptoms. The contemporary code compliant houses in Australia mayhave inadvertently created ideal interior environments that promote mould growth. If the built environment is promoting mould growth, leading to sick building syndrome, it is a matter of serious concern,resulting from the design or technical flaws in the building fabric. This paper attempts to bridge the gapbetween architectural and medical science perspectives in this area of study.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nath, S and Dewsbury, M and Douwes, J
Keywords: condensation, mould, asthma, indoor environmental quality
Journal or Publication Title: Architectural Science Review
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0003-8628
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/00038628.2019.1703636
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Copyright 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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