A new study commissioned by CSR Gyprock has revealed that more than a third of all Australian householders have experienced mould in their homes with the bedroom being the second most mould-affected room in the house.
Australia’s most trusted plasterboard manufacturer CSR Gyprock initiated the study to find out just how healthy Australian homes really were and the impact on the country’s overall wellbeing.
Key findings from the study:
1. An adult’s breath and perspiration creates around 1.25 litres of moisture per day.
2. The bedroom is the second most mould-affected room in the house, after the bathroom.
3. Smaller bedrooms and bathrooms can be more susceptible to moisture build-up.
4. 35% of Australian households surveyed had experienced mould.
5. Australians spend 90% of their time indoors.
6. Mould thrives in 70% to 90% humidity - conditions commonly found in Australia’s most populated areas.
7. There are around 2.3 million asthmatics in Australia with many sensitive to the most common household pollutants: mould, dust mites and VOCs.
8. The air in any home contains a range of pollutants, often much more concentrated than outdoor air.
9. Modern homes are often more airtight with lower ventilation, which can contribute to moisture build-up and promote mould growth.
10. A World Health Organisation (WHO) review found that the biggest consequences of moisture and mould in buildings are increased respiratory symptoms, allergies, asthma and other disturbances of the immune system.
Gyprock’s newly launched Gyprock Sensitive plasterboard offers enhanced mould resistance and improved moisture resistance, helping create a healthier environment throughout the home. A first for the Australian residential market, Gyprock Sensitive is the only residential plasterboard in the country approved by the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice program as a better choice for asthma and allergy sufferers.