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Is new housing a health hazard?


Nath, S and Dewsbury, M and Orr, K, Is new housing a health hazard?, Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density, 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018, 28 November -1 December 2018, RMIT University, pp. 71-78. ISBN 978-0-9923835-5-8 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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The National Construction Code has been regularly enhanced since 2002 with an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 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 boys and 18.6% in girls. Many researchers have supported a connection between damp housing and sensitivity to dust mites and other childhood respiratory symptoms. Within Australia’s temperate and cool temperate climates, the commensurate change in energy efficiency requirements in the national building regulations may have 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 that could be resulting from design or technical flaws in the building fabric. This concern, which has been raised by medical scientists, requires the action of architects to provide guidance on methods to passively, or actively, manage air-borne moisture within homes and workplaces. This paper attempts to bridge the gap between architectural and medical science perspectives in this area of study.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:energy efficiency, condensation, mould, building simulation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural science and technology
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Energy efficiency
Objective Field:Residential energy efficiency
UTAS Author:Nath, S (Mrs Shruti Nath)
UTAS Author:Dewsbury, M (Dr Mark Dewsbury)
UTAS Author:Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)
ID Code:130399
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2019-01-23
Last Modified:2019-06-11
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