A review of evidence linking ventillation rates in dwellings and respiratory health - a focus on house dust mites and mould

Davies, M., Ucci, M., McCarthy, M., Oreszczyn, T., Ridley, I., Mumovic, D., Singh, J. and Pretlove, S. (2004) A review of evidence linking ventillation rates in dwellings and respiratory health - a focus on house dust mites and mould. International Journal of Ventillation, 3(2), pp. 155-168. ISSN (print) 1473-3315

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Abstract

This paper reviews the literature for evidence of links betwen ventilation rates in dwellings and moisture related respiratory health with a particular focus on house dust mites (HDM) and fungal growth. There is general consensus that a link exists between ventilation rates in dwellings and respiratory hazards and respiratory problems, but it is not clear to what extent hazards cause ill-health. Most existing data are inadequate for conclusions to be drawn whether ventillation rates directly cause respiratory problems. We discuss the many difficulties in attempting to establish these relationships, and suggest the need for larger studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: review, ventilation rates, respiratory health, house dust mites, mould, relative humidity
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture > School of Surveying (until October 2008)
Depositing User: Julia Bloxham
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2008 17:22
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/2061

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