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

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            Abstract

            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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            Journal
            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            30 March 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
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            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000135.v1
            6b5333bd-7fb5-40ee-9ead-eec9c88c12e0

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Environmental studies
            Lime plaster; Hygrothermal simulations; mould growth; surface relative humidity conditions.,Energy and health

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            Date: 04 July 2022

            Handling Editor: Dr Yasemin D. Aktas

            Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            2022-07-05 12:30 UTC
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            Date: 26 April 2022

            Handling Editor: Dr Yasemin D. Aktas

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            This article is part of the 1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB21) Special Series

            2022-04-27 09:07 UTC
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