Acting at a distance – prevention of mould or promotion of healthy housing

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Housing and health have been subject for health policies for several decades. The subject is currently gaining attention from several disciplines and “healthy housing” is establishing as a field of multi-disciplinary research. One of the issues that concern both health and housing is the phenomenon of mould. As one of the sources of indoor air pollution, mould is associated with health risks such as respiratory symptoms, asthma, allergy and immunological reactions. The very microbial exposure and the health effects are complex matter, but so is the cause. Mould growth is the result of a timedependent process including relative humidity, temperature and organic material; and each of the factors can both be caused by the building structure itself and/or the use of the building. Due to the uncertainties in quantifying the relation between conditions, exposure and effects it has been impossible to set definitive guideline values or thresholds for tolerable quantities. Consequently, emphasis is put on prevention: HO address action by relevant stakeholders – including building owners, developers, users and occupants, but also the responsibility of public authorities to regulate and guide.

But is the issue communicated? Regulations, guidelines and information campaigns tend to focus on the negative health impacts and the prevention of hazards and risks. This knowledge often appertain a growing concern about the health risks, however, knowing the consequences doesn’t necessary result in a change of practice. As an alternative or addition to the preventive regulatory action is the promotion of health : encouraging well-being and setting the conditions for people to obtain and maintain a healthy home.

Various approaches are taken to solve or avoid the problem and this paper explores further how, in the Danish context, national regulations, health policy, guidelines and local initiatives manage to work with the problem in different ways.
TitelAARCH 17 : 3rd International Conference on Architecture, Research, Care and Health. Conference proceedings
RedaktørerNanet Mathiasen, Anne Kathrine Frandsen
Antal sider15
ForlagPolyteknisk Boghandel og Forlag
Publikationsdato26 apr. 2017
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-93585-00-3
StatusUdgivet - 26 apr. 2017
BegivenhedInternational Conference on Architecture, Research, Care and Health: 3rd international conference on architecture, research, care and health - Aalborg Universitet, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, København, Danmark
Varighed: 26 apr. 201727 apr. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 3


KonferenceInternational Conference on Architecture, Research, Care and Health
LokationAalborg Universitet, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15


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