Housing study show mould with insulation same as with out
The data collection for the Housing, Insulation and Health study was carried out over the winters of 2001 and 2002. A nominal 1400 households in 7 regions throughout the country, participated in the study by making subjective temperature assessments daily and filling in questionnaires on their house and health; they also allowed us to access objective measures:- we collected dust, and measured temperature and humidity in their homes; and retrieved data on the number of hospital/GP visits and information on energy usage from power and gas companies.Samples of normal household dust were collected in three of the communities and examined for allergens and mould. All houses had mould, but the amount and species varied a lot. Insulating the houses did not seem to change the amount of mould, but householders in the insulated houses reported less visible mould.