Investigation on indoor environmental factors affecting dampness in residential building for improvement of indoor environmental factors related to children's allergic symptoms

Hiroshi Yoshino, Sachie Kitazawa, Kenichi Hasegawa

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Abstract

In order to clarify the association between indoor environmental factors and child health problems, epidemiological type surveys for 4th and 5th grade primary school children have been carried out all over Japan. These surveys consist of three Phases including in questionnaire survey and field measurement, and each phase has been proceeded. The 2nd phase is a detailed questionnaire survey to investigate housing characteristics and health problems. From the results of questionnaire survey, it was found that dampness indicator such as condensation and visible mould growth strongly influenced on respiratory symptoms. In this paper, relationship between dampness indicators and indoor environmental factors was analysed statistically for clarifying housing characteristics of damp building affecting childrens allergic symptoms. The analysed results are expected to show significant factors which could affect symptoms through the medium of dampness and possible preventions for dampness. Using an unvented heater and a laundry in indoor were defined as the strong factor to dampness indicators due to inadequate ventilation for dehumidification. It is important to keep the ventilation system operating in whole day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-371
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering (Japan)
Volume79
Issue number698
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr

Keywords

  • Condensation
  • Dampness
  • Indoor environments
  • Questionnaire survey
  • Statistics analysis
  • Visible mould

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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