Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub


    Biodeterioration 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.

    Publication Notes

    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.


    Lepage, Robert; Glass, Samuel V.; Knowles, Warren; Mukhopadhyaya, Phalguni. 2019. Biodeterioration models for building materials: critical review. Journal of Architectural Engineering. 25(4). 15 p.


    Google Scholar


    Biodeterioration, mold, decay, rot, fungi, modeling, hygrothermal analysis, wood, building science

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page