Analysis of indoor humidity environment in Chinese residential buildings

Huibo Zhang, Hiroshi Yoshino

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A high or low humidity environment is related closely to not only many health problems, but also has great influence on the construction durability and energy consumption. It is very important to control humidity level, in order to achieve a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. However, various problems of the air humidity in inhabited dwellings are not yet taken serious consideration in China. Moreover, there is hardly any information available regarding the actual humidity environment in Chinese residential houses. For this reason, it is difficult to select appropriate moderate moisture strategies to maintain a harmonious indoor humidity level.The current authors carried out a field measurement survey on indoor thermal environment in nine Chinese cities. Based on this investigation, the purpose of this present study is to develop a database of actual indoor humidity conditions for moisture moderate design, through which the characteristics of indoor humidity environment in Chinese residential houses can be identified and clarified.The results demonstrated that the indoor humidity level is too low with the relative humidity falls below 20% in some cities where residences equipped with central heating system in winter. On the other hand, indoor humidity is very high with the relative humidity beyond 80% in some cities where residences have inadequate heating and high outside humidity ratio in winter. The severe indoor humidity environment indicated that the moisture level in the residential houses of China should be mitigated and controlled in order to achieve a sustainable and healthy indoor environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2132-2140
Number of pages9
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct


  • Absolute humidity
  • Relative humidity
  • Residential buildings
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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