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1st Edition

Dampness in Dwellings
Causes and Effects

ISBN 9780367530396
Published May 23, 2022 by Routledge
54 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a definition of dampness in each of its forms, details the various potential sources, and causes that can result in damage to the building, and importantly, the threats to the health of the occupiers. It is practical, providing an outline of the possible solutions looking at aspects of building design and construction that can reduce or avoid the risk of dampness. It also discusses why dampness is a risk to the health of occupiers and so justifies the need to protect health by reducing or removing it. Co-authored by a medical doctor and environmental health practitioners with combined experience of over 50 years, this book includes:

  • Explanations and justifications for why dampness is important, and why remedial action must be taken.
  • Up-to-date information on the causes, effects, and remedies of damp in the housing environments.

Dampness in Dwellings is a pivotal resource for professionals in the housing, medical, and legal sectors.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. What is Dampness?  3. Sources of Dampness and the Potential Effect on the Structure  4. Health Effects of Dampness  5. Identifying and Remedying the Cause(s) to Protect Health  6. References and Further Reading  Annex

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Professor David Ormandy is a public and environmental health advisor, housing and health consultant, researcher, and author based at the School of Law, University of Warwick, UK.

Dr Véronique Ezratty MD, is a medical doctor, environmental risk assessor, and author based in the Medical Studies Department of Electricité de France.

Dr Stephen Battersby MBE, is an environmental health practitioner, independent consultant, and advisor.


"As the design of our homes becomes ever more sophisticated, the physics of those buildings becomes critical. Whereas our older building stock were to a certain extent tolerant of error, today’s need for airtightness and insulation demand exacting standards. Whilst many professionals may have a working knowledge of dampness and its causes, it is vital that concepts of water transport, condensation and mycology are understood. This book brings together the skills and knowledge of established experts in the field and will provide a valuable link between scientific theory and its practical application." - Trevor Rushton FRICS FCABE, Technical Director, Watts Group Limited