UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Morena Ferreira

Thesis title: Micro-environmental control for the mitigation of mould growth in indoor heritage

Primary supervisor:  Josep Grau-Bové
Secondary supervisor: Nigel Blades, Luca Mazzei, Tobit Curteis
Starting date: September 2018
Projected completion date: September 2020

Mould and moisture related issues are common to many historic buildings around the world. Mould prevention involving environmental management tends to focus on controlling ambient relative humidity. However, this project explores the moisture present on the surface of substrates as a crucial parameter influencing mould development. The aim of this project is to research the impact of air movement on mould development by changing the moisture available on surfaces, and thus developing a preventive measure focused on microclimates with high risk of mould development.