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

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            Revision notes

            The following changes are made in the manuscript in response to the revisions suggested:

            1. We have removed the Appendix and moved Table 3 to the main content under survey results.

            2. The references have been updated following Vancouver style as per the guidelines provided.

            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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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            17 May 2023
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India;
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            https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2688-6826
            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000135.v3
            86a463d0-96c2-4fe8-a5ef-e4a8d729bc63

            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.

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            : 30 March 2022
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            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: 17 May 2023

            Handling Editor: Dr Yasemin D. Aktas

            The article has been revised, this article remains a preprint article and peer-review has not been completed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            2023-05-17 08:56 UTC
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