A hydrothermal model for predicting house-dust mite response to environmental conditions in dwellings

Crowther, David, Oreszczyn, Tadj, Baker, Nick and Pretlove, Stephen (1999) A hydrothermal model for predicting house-dust mite response to environmental conditions in dwellings. In: Indoor Air 1999 conference, 15 June 1999, Edinburgh, UK.

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House-dust mite antigens are a major contributor to allergic sensitisation. Since temperature and humidity are crucial to house-dust mite physiology, there is considerable interest in reducing mite populations by controlling the indoor environment. A multidisciplinary team of building scientists and entomologists has been formed to develop a prototype hydrothermal model that simulates the dynamic interaction between the mite’s micro-environment within bedding and the room environment, based on laboratory tests and field study measurements. Combined with a dynamic model of mite physiology, this can be used to predict mite response to changes, e.g. in building fabric, the heating/ventilation regime or occupant behaviour. In this way the most effective and applicable measures for mite control can be determined. The model will be developed for potential use by practitioners as a simplified predictive tool.

Keywords:Hygrothermal modelling, House Dust Mite, Population modelling, Acarology
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F330 Environmental Physics
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G150 Mathematical Modelling
C Biological Sciences > C340 Entomology
H Engineering > H220 Environmental Engineering
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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