- There is a strong correlation between household size and need for more ventilation
- More energy efficient homes, with less temperature fluctuations and better quality insulation, are likely to have less mould incidents
- Landlords must review their approach and understand the long term implications regarding stock management
Social landlords should be more proactive when tackling damp and mould, according to new research by campaigning consultancy Sustainable Homes.
The study delved into the complex, interconnected causes of mould and challenges conventional approaches. The research also highlights the broader implications for stock management and suggests practical actions for social landlords.
Highlights of Breaking the mould:
- There is a strong correlation between household size and mould – the more people live in a home, the more breathing, showering, clothes washing and drying, and cooking takes place there. To control this more ventilation is required to remove this extra moisture;
- More energy efficient homes, with less temperature fluctuations and better quality insulation, are likely to have fewer mould incidents;
- There is a limit to what residents can do and therefore landlords have to be more proactive to prevent mould. Examples include, staff training, reviewing mould complaint process and better use of ventilation in buildings;
- Social landlords should have a better understanding of residents’ demographics; should prioritise space and quality over quantity and should consider tackling fuel poverty and mould together.
Dan Bourke, Social Housing Regional Sales Manager at ventilation experts at EnviroVent, praised the report:
“The much anticipated results of the ‘Breaking the Mould – Should landlords be doing more?’ study give a fascinating insight into the issue of black mould and why it is so prevalent in social housing.”
Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes said the research offers a challenge to social landlords:
“The impact in landlord stock management and residents’ health is evident. This research highlights that landlords must re-think their approach and adapt a more proactive and preventive view.”
For more information, interviews and comment:
Joana Malato, Marketing & Communications Manager, Sustainable Homes, 020 8973 0405 or email@example.com
Notes to editors:
- The report, titled Breaking the mould: should landlords be doing more?, is to be launched formally at the CIH Housing 2018 conference in Manchester at 12.15 on June 27th.
- An embargoed copy of the report can be downloaded here. The research was undertaken with the support of EnviroVent.
- Sustainable Homes supports the housing sector through research, accreditation and consultancy. We are a not for profit organisation who influence policy, deliver learning to the sector and provide insight through our events and conferences. Find out more at sustainablehomes.co.uk
- For further information please contact Joana Malato 0208 9730 405 or firstname.lastname@example.org