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UKCMB News and Updates

An update from our TWG's

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Technical Working Group 1: Monitoring and Modelling

Chairs: Tom Cox, Caroline Rye and Valentina Marincioni

Problems resulting from absent insulation

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UKCMB member, Tony Cowling publishes feature artcile in Greener Building magazine.

The detail of the study shows how dependent moisture safety is on good quality construction and the coherence of the insulating envelope. We welcome write-ups of members’ work on moisture and buildings and hope to provide a place where contractors and consultants can show case their work as well as bringing new insights into this subject area. Academic research can also feature of course, but it is of a different type and is usually more formal. All of this will eventually be brought into a library of resources freely available to members. We will also attempt to provide some control of quality and general comments on the pieces, particularly those that are more controversial. We have made a start on a major literature review of relevant articles and papers, but require more resources to complete this work. If anyone or organisation is able to help with this project, please do get in touch with UKCMB management.

International interest in moisture in buildings

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International interest in moisture in buildings seems to be increasing. In many cases the level of concern seems to be higher and more developed than in the UK.

Information on BS5250: Moisture in Buildings

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This standard will be much more comprehensive than the previous standard which was concerned primarily with condensation in buildings. The new standard will to some extent follow the BSI White Paper on Moisture in Buildings and deal not only with surface and interstitial condensation but also with other moisture mechanisms, in particular rain penetration and ground water issues. It will also cover the connective and systemic effects (i.e. junctions, interfaces and whole building effects) of moisture and the As Built, In Service (ABIS) conditions of buildings, since most moisture risk occurs at junctions and from building errors and degradation in real world situations. All this will be considered with regard to both fabric moisture and atmospheric moisture, which respectively affect the durability of the physical building and the health of building occupants.

Report on CPD pilot training session

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Although only short notice was given, 14 UKCMB members signed up and attended the two day pilot training session for our first CPD course entitled 'Understanding and Managing Moisture Risk in Buildings'.

New UKCMB management team members

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We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the UKCMB Management team to take forward the many streams of work at UKCMB.

An update on our training programme

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UKCMB were fortunate to receive £10k of funding from Life Learning at UCL to support the development of the first two day CPD training in 'Understanding and Managing Moisture Risk in Buildings'.

UKCMB launches a public report on mould testing and benchmarking

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UKCMB are pleased to report the conclusions to its extensive research into mould testing methods and possible benchmarking for mould levels in rooms.

An update on standards and policy work

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The current work on Standards and Policy includes the revision to PAS2030 2018 which will look to remove certain areas of responsibility that do not sit well in the standard including surveying, design and ventilation.

Feedback from the UKCMB re-launch conference (October 20th 2017)

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UKCMB re-launch event 2017

This conference was held at UCL and was attended by more than 110 people. Feedback (from more than 70 people) indicated that it was a great success and generated considerable interest and enthusiasm.

Vacancy: Research Associate - Hygrothermal Modeller at Loughborough University

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Loughborough University is currently seeking a Hygrothermal Modeller Research Associate to join the country's premier building energy modelling and measurement group.

UKCMB launches a new video on moisture guidance for existing homeowners

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The video aims to provide guidance to homeowners on how to avoid moisture problems in existing homes. It provides an introduction to moisture in buildings, explaining in simple terms and images what damp means, where moisture in buildings comes from, as well as, introduce the notion of balance and how this can be achieved.

UKCMB launches a report on the health impact of buildings which are too dry or too damp

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Health and Moisture in Buildings

Buildings which are too damp or too dry can be bad for occupants’ health. This fact has been well established by many reports including those of the World Health Organisation and the Institute of Medicine.

Outputs from the UKCMB re-launch event

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UKCMB re-launch event 2017

On 20 October, the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB) hosted a successful re-launch event. Over a hundred experts joined us at the conference to hear about the UKCMB’s latest research outputs, videos and tools. We also discussed plans for the new training programme and other upcoming activities. It was a highly informative and engaging event, with some valuable input and feedback from the audience.

Avoidance and diagnosis of problems associated with internal wall insulation

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Internally insulating solid masonry walls can have a hugely positive impact on comfort, but doing so without regard for this relationship can lead to undesirable consequences, including trapped moisture and mould growth. A well-designed specification informed by a good understanding of the building and its context will preclude any unintended consequences.

Hygrothermal Risk Evaluation for the Retrofit of a Typical Solid-walled Dwelling

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A new study by Benat Arregi and Joseph Little finds increasing evidence that current mainstream guidance for assessing moisture risk of insulation retrofits in Ireland and the UK is unsuitable for traditional solidwalled buildings.This guidance is still based on simplified hygrothermal risk assessment methods, despite the availability of more advanced numerical software for two decades and a relevant standard in place since 2007, EN 15026.

UKCMB re-launch event

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Join us on Friday 20 October for the re-launch of the UKCMB for a highly informative and engaging event on our latest research outputs, videos, tools and more.

UKCMB Director Neil May awarded MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

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We are delighted to announce that Neil May, Director of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings and Senior Research Fellow at UCL, has been awarded an MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for services to sustainability & energy efficiency in buildings and communities.

Dr Marcella Ucci presents UKCMB findings at the Bartlett Research Exchange

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The Bartlett Research Exchange is a fast-paced event where key research themes are explained from diverse disciplinary perspectives. This term's event, on health, wellbeing and the built environment, involves speakers from across the Bartlett’s schools, with expertise in architectural design, social and spatial networks, architecture and building engineering, and urban computation and visualisation.

Neil May's White Paper on moisture mentioned in the long-awaited Bonfield Review

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The Government’s long-awaited review into energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in homes (Bonefield review) makes reference to  Neil  May’s (Managing Director of UKCMB) White Paper on ‘Moisture in Buildings: an integrated approach to risk assessment and guidance’.

UKCMB's Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to investigate dampness in buildings

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The Property Care Association (PCA) and UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE) have formed a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to carry out a comprehensive study into the problem of excess moisture in the built environment.

UKCMB launches blog with first post: 'Mould: is it really an unbeatable monster?' by Yasemin Aktas

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UKCMB have recently launched a new blog which will feature contributions from experts sharing informative and insightful commentary on a range of issues relating to developing a moisture-safe built environment in the UK.

Welcome to the UKCMB

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The UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings has been set up in response to the substantial building problems (including health of occupants and the building fabric) caused by excessive or insufficient moisture.

Two new projects within the UKCMB

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We are glad to announce that two UKCMB projects have started, both of which will be presented at the upcoming conference.

Launching the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings

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The spring conference of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB) took place on 25 May from 9.30am to 5.00pm in the Roberts Building in UCL, London. This conference is part of the activities for the development of the centre.

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