Mold growth criteria and design avoidance approaches in wood-based materials – A systematic review

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This paper presents a systematic literature review about the development of criteria and models representing mold growth in wood-based materials. First, results from experimental research regarding factors governing mold growth are discussed; afterward, they are used to analyse the comprehensiveness of current mold models. The review shows substantial discrepancies between the criteria reported for mold growth. Moreover, mold models differ with respect to governing factors and their interrelations, applied methodology, experimental set-ups and nutrients, and how they express mold. Lastly, this paper proposes solutions that account for or reduce uncertainties related to the representation and design against mold occurrence.


  1. Gradeci, Klodian
  2. Labonnote, Nathalie
  3. Time, Berit
  4. Köhler, Jochen


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.