Monitored conditions in wooden wall plates in relation to mold and wood decaying fungi

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In historic masonry buildings, wood can be embedded in the walls as storey partition beams, or as supportive wall plates. Half-timbered masonry constructions, or wooden frames e.g. combined with internal insulation are other examples of wooden elements. Wood decaying fungi can cause serious damage to wood, which may lose mass and strength, ultimately yielding the risk of collapse. In addition, some fungal species may even be hazardous for occupants. All wood decaying fungi depend on favorable moisture and temperature conditions, although the threshold conditions may vary with various fungal species and types, and state of the wood. To predict the risk of occurrence of wood rot, several models have been developed, however most of these are based on a limited number of experiments, or very specific cases. For these reasons, the applicability of the models to other scenarios (fungal species, wood species) may not be appropriate. Furthermore, another failure mode for wood and moisture, is mold growth, which is initiated at lower moisture levels. An indication of risk of mold growth would indicate problems or risks before the initiation of wood rot. Mold growth does not deteriorate the wood, but is usually equally undesired due to health concerns of occupants. For this reason, there might be places where some mold growth would be acceptable, e.g. embedded beam ends if there is no transfer of air from the moldy area to the indoor air. Therefore, risk of rot could be important. The paper investigates models for mass loss due to wood decay and mold growth based on exposure time to favorable hygrothermal conditions. The investigation is based on inspection of wood samples (wall plates) from a full-scale experimental setup of masonry with embedded wood and monitored conditions, to which the prediction models will be applied.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics (NSB 2020)
EditorsJ. Kurnitski, T. Kalamees
PublisherEDP Sciences
Publication date30 Jun 2020
Article number20004
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020
Event12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2020 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 6 Sep 20209 Sep 2020


Conference12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2020
SeriesE3S Web of Conferences

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