Glasgow School of Art

Improving home ventilation

The impact of indoor air quality on people’s health and the need for good ventilation are becoming increasingly important. Having proper ventilation in the home helps to minimise the growth of mould spores and reduce exposure to indoor pollutants, both of which are known causes of asthma and contribute to risks of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  

Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit has conducted important research in this area, which is influencing policymakers. One major study found that drying laundry inside the home potentially poses significant health risks. Researchers found that hanging washing on airers and radiators is responsible for one third of moisture in the home, which encourage mould spores and dust mites.

The study suggested that separate drying spaces should be included in the design, whether they be communal or as part of individual properties. The researchers are now discussing their findings with the social housing sector to encourage adoption of the proposals as the Housing Associations upgrade existing and build new stock.

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