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Sampling and identifying of mould in the library building

Wahab, S. N. A., Mohammed, N. I., Khamidi, M. F., Ahmad, N. A., Noor, Z. M., Ghani, A. A. A. and Ismail, M. R. (2016) Sampling and identifying of mould in the library building. In: The 4th International Building Control Conference 2016, 7 March 2016, Kuala Lumpur.

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Despite the growing concern over mould and fungi infestations on library building, little has been reported in the literature on the development of an objective tool and criteria for measuring and characterising the mould and fungi. In this paper, an objective based approach to mould and fungi growth assessment using various sampling techniques and its identification using microscopic observation are proposed. This study involved three library buildings of Higher Institution Educational in Malaysia for data collection purpose and study of mould growth. The mould sampling of three libraries was collected using Coriolis air sampler, settling plate air sampling using Malt Extract Agar (MEA), IAQ MOLD Alexeter IAQ-Pro Asp/Pen® Test and swab sampling techniques. The IAQ MOLD Alexeter IAQ-Pro Asp/Pen® Test and traditional method technique identified various mould species immediately on the site, and the microscopic observation identifies common types of the mould such as Aspergillus, Penicillium and Stachybotrys's. The sample size and particular characteristics of each library will result in the mould growth pattern and finding.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:University of Reading Malaysia
ID Code:69812


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