Manchester based property investment company, the Mistoria Group, has announced its collaboration on an innovative new project with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).  The Knowledge Transfer Project is a one year study in the Reduction of Damp and Mould in Renovated Properties, with the £30,000 assignment co-funded by UCLan and the Mistoria Group.

The project team consists of Dr Arman Hashemi (Principal Investigator), Dr Champika Liyanage and Professor Karim Hadjri from the Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment in UCLan.  The study, which commenced just this week, on 1st January, will take place in 7 Salford and Liverpool based properties.  The study will be seeking solutions as to how damp and mould issues can be prevented through better construction detailing, methods, management and process.  In addition, investigators will be pursuing more effective maintenance strategies to reduce the re-occurrence of damp and mould problems.

The project will involve installing data loggers in the case study buildings to collect data such as temperature and relative humidity for a minimum of 6 months.  Computer simulation will be used to identify the effects of design alternatives on the risk of dampness and mould growth in the properties.  ”

“As one of the leading providers of student accommodation, we are excited to be collaborating with the University of Central Lancashire and look forward to the results of their research.” says Mistoria Group’s CEO, Mish Liyanage.  “The presence of mould, damp and condensation in property undergoing or having undergone refurbishment, has the potential to cause real stress for tenants, parents, landlords and lettings staff.  We welcome any proposed solutions in addressing these problems, which can then be shared with industry experts.”