Conditions That Cause Mold
I am seeking some information concerning mold and mold formation. Good reading suggestions are also more than welcome.
In my recent job I started to work a lot with mold. Most of the cases are not related to water leaks. Only dangerous combinations of poor insulation, poor ventilation and high relative humidity levels.
However, I find the information concerning mold and mold formation disperse in the literature and sometimes contradictory.
Some folks are still using dewpoint calculation to assess mold formation, which is considered archaic for some experts. Mold formation is a dynamic process, involving dynamic aspects such as the fluctuation of indoor HR and condensation/ drying rates.
I can also find in the literature that is not necessary to have 100% RH to see mold formation. 80% RH is more than enough for some types of mold.
I have also read about hydric capacity. The ability of materials to deal with high RH before starting to develop mold.
So, I am confused with so much information. How do you assess mold formation? How to consider relative Humidity, absolute humidity, condensation/ drying rates, etc.
Is there any type of charts? I found this recently (https://energyhandyman.com/knowledge-library/mold-chart-for-temperature-and-humidity-monitors/) but I only got more confused.
Because I now have to elaborate technical reports, I feel the urgent need to understand the governing factors of mold formation without the presence of liquid water.
Thanks a lot for your help!
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