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Mould School: evaluating decay risk in bio-based construction materials

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Scientists from WISE Network and The BioComposites Centre were joined by experts from the Norwegian institutes of Mycoteam and Skog Landskap to deliver a hugely successful three day Training School funded by COST action FP 1303 on the evaluation of mould and decay of bio-based construction materials.

16 students from 13 European countries learned hands-on how to assess mould growth in a laboratory and a case study building.  Day one included an introduction to mould fungi followed by a trip to the case study building to practice sampling and isolation of moulds. Over the next two days the students learned how to culture and identify the moulds that they had sampled as well as study their effects on human health and the current standards available for standardised testing.  They left with a better understanding of mould fungi and the of the need for testing of both current products and, perhaps more importantly, future bio-based products.

What about COST?

The objectives of COST Action FP1303 are to provide a platform for networking and scientific exchange between different disciplines such as material sciences, wood technology, biology, biotechnology, building physics and engineering, and to coordinate the effort to put the issue of biodegradability of organic building products on the agenda.  Performance data for many “environment friendly” building materials are lacking, as are suitable comprehensive test methodologies to determine their resistance against mould, stain, and decay.  The similarity in terms of decay hazard, resulting response on climatic loads, and thus performance of different bio-based building materials has not yet been adequately recognised.