Growing demand for knowledge about mould in buildings

Sofie Marie Kristensen

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Growing demand for knowledge about mould in buildings

The Danish Technological Institute has seen an increasing number of referrals from professionals in the field concerning the prevention and remediation of mould in buildings.

Stigende efterspørgsel på viden om skimmelsvampExperts from the Danish Technological Institute have been busy holding conferences about mould fungus and advising building owners, housing associations, insurance companies, etc. about how to prevent damp and mould in houses and new buildings before any damage occurs, as well as helping to solve problems when damage has occurred. For example the Institute has advised the Danish Non-profit Housing Association and the property company Compass A/S about mould problems in new buildings.

When Compass A/S took over a new building to rent out, it turned out that the property was rife with damp and mould. The company contacted the Danish Technological Institute for advice and support to investigate the extent of the problem. The consultants from the Institute gave instructions on what repairs needed to be done and carried out regular inspections of the building during renovation, finishing off with a final inspection to make sure that the property was completely free of damp and mould after the remediation.

- We had a really good collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute, and as a result we no longer have any problems with damp and mould in the property. Moreover, we have generally become much more informed about problems with damp. We have gained invaluable knowledge about how to prevent the problem from occurring by building correctly, carrying out regular inspections and dealing with moisture and water damage quickly to prevent further long-term damage, says department manager Susanne Andersen from Compass A/S.

- With new buildings it is important that materials and constructions do not get wet during the building period, that drying times are adhered to and that the building is dehumidified if necessary before being put to use, explains mould fungus expert Carsten Johansen from the Danish Technological Institute.

A thorough and impartial investigation into the extent of an attack of mould in a building requires technical building know-how plus micro-biological knowledge – the Danish Technological Institute has both.