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Biodeterioration models for building materials: critical reviewAuthor(s): Robert Lepage; Samuel V Glass; Warren Knowles; Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya
Source: Journal of Architectural Engineering. 25(4). 15 p.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionBiodeterioration of building materials due to poor hygrothermal conditions is a major concern for the sustainability of buildings and the health and safety of occupants. The risks of biodeterioration are accentuated in high-efficiency buildings, requiring further design considerations. Researchers across the world have tried to characterize this issue through a combination of field experience, modeling, and controlled laboratory investigations. However, integration of these research outputs in building enclosure design analysis is an unfinished agenda, partly due to the lack of coordination between engineering researchers, building enclosure designers, and biologists. This paper critically reviews the research to date on biodeterioration models of building materials (e.g., wood) from the perspective of a building scientist and identifies the needs for further research initiatives that will facilitate the integration of biodeterioration models in building enclosure design analysis through national and international building code regulations and standards.
CitationLepage, Robert; Glass, Samuel V.; Knowles, Warren; Mukhopadhyaya, Phalguni. 2019. Biodeterioration models for building materials: critical review. Journal of Architectural Engineering. 25(4). 15 p.
KeywordsBiodeterioration, mold, decay, rot, fungi, modeling, hygrothermal analysis, wood, building science
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