This book provides a concise review of the thermo-physical phenomena which regulate heat and moisture transportation in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings envelopes, and their relationship with the growth of biological organisms.
It describes the main microorganisms proliferating on contemporary building elements and within buildings. It also states the consequences of biological growth on durability, aesthetics and human health; and provides the main methods for the analytical and experimental evaluation of proliferation.
Finally, through the review of recent developments, remedial actions to counter the biological phenomenon are examined, and an outline is provided for future innovations in a field not yet widely investigated.
Develops insight into the relationship between the thermo-physical phenomena which regulate the heat and moisture transport in contemporary building envelopes and the growth of biological organisms
Outlines in detail the main microorganisms proliferating on contemporary building elements including their consequences on the durability and the aesthetics of buildings and on human health
Applies recent research to offer potential remedial actions and future innovations in this emerging field
Elisa Di Giuseppe is currently studying for a PhD in Building Physics; she is also a research fellow at the Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), and a designer, with particular focus on the behaviour of building components and their integration into constructions. She has acquired considerable expertise in the experimental and analytical evaluation of hygrothermal performance and durability of building materials.
More recently Elisa Di Giuseppe has been particularly involved in sustainability, green building design, retrofitting and the development of energy efficient technologies, specifically the regulatory framework on the emerging "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings".