VTT Mold Model: From visual findings to mold index

Tuomo Ojanen, Hannu Viitanen

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    Abstract

    Mold growth is one of the first signs of too high moisture conditions in building structures. A numerical method has been developed at VTT to simulate numerically mold growth on wooden structures and to evaluate the growth using mold index levels that can have values between 0 and 6. It has been further developed to take into account less sensitive building materials. This simulation model can be used to predict the risk for mold growth and it can be applied as a post-processing tool for moisture simulation models. Now the mold index is considered to be applied in ASHRAE Standard 160 as improved moisture performance criteria. The workshop was organized to present the contents and use of the model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings : XIII International Conference - Clearwater Beach, United States
    Duration: 4 Dec 20168 Dec 2016

    Conference

    ConferenceThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings
    CountryUnited States
    CityClearwater Beach
    Period4/12/168/12/16

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    Keywords

    • mold
    • mold growth
    • mold index
    • performance criteria
    • buildings
    • building materials

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    Ojanen, T., & Viitanen, H. (2016). VTT Mold Model: From visual findings to mold index. Paper presented at Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings , Clearwater Beach, United States.