Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings

Ucci, Marcella and Biddulph, Phillip and Oreszczyn, Tadj and Crowther, David and Wilkinson, Toby and Pretlove, Stephen and Hart, Barbara and Ridley, Ian (2011) Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 4 (3). pp. 285-300. ISSN 1940-1493

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19401493.2010.532235

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This article discusses the capabilities and the application of an innovative combined hygrothermal and population model to assess the impact of building design and occupant behaviour on house dust mite populations in a mattress. The combined model is the first of its kind able to predict the impact of hourly transient hygrothermal conditions within a 3-dimensional mattress on a population of ‘wild’ Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus mites. The modelling shows that the current drive for energy efficiency in buildings might lead to an increase in house dust mite infestations in UK dwellings. Further research is needed to accurately determine the size of these effects and to adequately evaluate any trade-offs between energy efficiency measures and health outcomes.

Keywords:House Dust Mites, Ventilation, Beds, Energy efficiency, Dwellings
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G140 Numerical Analysis
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G150 Mathematical Modelling
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:26754
Deposited On:29 Mar 2017 14:15

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