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UCLan works with property company to reduce risks of dampness and mould growth in the UK housing stock

08 January 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Mistoria Group collaborates on the pioneering project

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has teamed up with Mistoria Group, a Manchester based Property Investment Company, for a one year study on indoor air quality, dampness and mould growth in renovated properties in Northwest England.

This is a £30,000 knowledge transfer project co-funded by UCLan and the Mistoria Group.

It will assess several renovated properties to seek solutions as to how damp and mould issues can be prevented through better construction detailing, methods, management and process. In addition, investigators will pursue more effective maintenance strategies to reduce the re-occurrence of damp and mould problems.

The project will involve installing data loggers in the case study buildings to collect information such as temperature, relative humidity and CO2 for several months. Computer simulation will be used to identify the effects of design alternatives on the risk of dampness and mould growth in the properties.

The project team consists of Dr Arman Hashemi (Principal Investigator), Dr Champika Liyanage and Professor Karim Hadjri from the Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment at UCLan.

“As one of the leading providers for student accommodation mainly in Manchester and Liverpool areas, we are excited to work with UCLan and look forward to the results of the research.”

Dr Hashemi commented: “This is a very important study. It is estimated that 35% of families in UK rented houses suffer problems with dampness and mould growth. It is also estimated that 11% of the indoor air quality associated illnesses in Europe are due to building dampness. Our aim is to improve the living standards, health and wellbeing of the UK population as a whole by improving indoor air quality in their homes.”

Mistoria Group’s CEO Mish Liyanage said: “As one of the leading providers for student accommodation mainly in Manchester and Liverpool areas, we are excited to work with UCLan and look forward to the results of the research.

“The presence of mould, damp and condensation in property undergoing or having undergone refurbishment has the potential to cause real stress for tenants, parents, landlords and lettings staff. We welcome any proposed solutions in addressing these problems which can then be shared with industry experts.”