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    Review of 'Moisture Buffering and Mold Growth Characteristics of Naturally Ventilated Lime Plastered Houses.'

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    Moisture Buffering and Mold Growth Characteristics of Naturally Ventilated Lime Plastered Houses.

    Lime plaster is well known for its moisture buffering capabilities but is also susceptible to mould growth. This work focusses on the hygrothermal performance of lime plaster in naturally ventilated residential spaces. Surveys are carried out for 45 traditional buildings of Ahmedabad in India with measurements of ambient variables, such as temperature, relative humidity, wall moisture content, etc. Mould growth patterns of these spaces are related to the measured variables and wall characteristics. Hygrothermal simulations of some spaces are also carried out to observe the moisture buffering of lime plaster. Experimental observations are contrasted with simulation results to see if numerical predictions are realistic.
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      10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-EARTH.AGWE60.v1.RCCNTX
      This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com.

      Environmental studies
      Lime plaster; Hygrothermal simulations; mould growth; surface relative humidity conditions.,Energy and health
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      Further detailing and clarifications are needed before we can proceed with the second round of reviews. More specifically I think the narrative need to be sharpened so as to make an explicit and combined synthesis of your findings from the survey, modelling and experimental work to derive your conclusions. How do the survey, modelling and experimental work complement each other? How do your findings from each align or contradict each other?

      The manuscript with extensive comments was sent to the authors.

       

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