Building characteristics associated with moisture related problems in 8,918 Swedish dwellings

L. Hagerhed-Engman, Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Jan Sundell

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Moisture problems in buildings have in a number of studies been shown to increase the risk for respiratory symptoms. The study Dampness in Buildings and Health (DBH) was initiated with the aim to identify health relevant exposures related to dampness in buildings. A questionnaire study about home environment with a focus on dampness problems and health was conducted in one county of Sweden (8,918 homes, response rate 79%). Building characteristics that were associated with one or more of the dampness indicators were for single-family houses, older houses, flat-roofed houses built in the 1960s and 1970s, houses with a concrete slab on the ground that were built before 1983. Moreover, tenancy and earlier renovation due to mould or moisture problems was strongly associated with dampness. A perception of dry air was associated with windowpane condensation, e. g. humid indoor air.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)251-265
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • residences
  • questionnaire
  • moisture
  • dampness
  • building characteristics
  • indoor air quality

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