Master Builders Victoria's (MBV) 2022 Green Living Conference will investigate improved condensation management and mould prevention in homes, a subject especially topical considering the recent Victorian flooding. 

Excess water pooling during flood events helps create an environment favourable to mould.

People with a typical immune system are unlikely to be affected by mould. However, for some people, such as those with an allergy to mould, asthma or lung disease, older people, or people with chronic conditions and low immunity, mould exposure may cause them to develop health problems.

Acting MBV CEO Tristan Moseley said the recent floods had highlighted the need to ensure any building is dry enough before rebuilding to avoid mould growth.

“With homes becoming more comfortable, warmer in winter, and energy efficient, there is also an increased risk of condensation and mould forming in new buildings,” he said.

“Buildings need to be constructed to allow water vapour produced by everyday activities such as washing, drying clothes, and breathing to escape through walls, floors, and ceilings.

“The Master Builders 2022 Green Living Conference has several presenters educating builders about construction methods to address those risks.

“By highlighting the risks and methods to prevent mould, MBV is ensuring the Victorian building and construction industry can provide the best outcomes for clients.”

For the first time since 2019, Mr Moseley said the Green Living Conference would be a live event during a period of significant change for builders.

“The release of the 2022 National Construction Code has seen several changes to the energy efficiency standards for new houses,” he said.

“For the first time since 2013, the minimum star rating has been increased from 6 to 7 Stars. A whole-of-house rating has also been introduced.

“People spending more time at home during the last two year’s lockdowns increased their awareness of how cold their homes could get.”

Mr Moseley said spending long periods studying or working from home meant heating and cooling systems were used for more extended periods than before, resulting in increased energy bills.

“More than ever, a well-built, energy-efficient home that is warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with daylight all year long is critically important. Demand for energy-efficient housing has also increased,” he said.

“Many companies now offer zero carbon houses built to the passive house standard.

“The MBV 2022 Green Living Conference will feature industry experts explaining what it takes to build and renovate for improved energy efficiency and comfort.”

MBV is proud to have presented the Green Living Conference for the past 16 years. Our goal is to raise awareness of the development of quality construction trends.

The conference focus has always been on linking the information provided to practical advice and solutions.

The result is higher quality building and construction, healthier living, and more energy-efficient client outcomes.

Keynote speakers include Dr Mark Dewsbury, lecturer at the University of Tasmania; Clarence Macalister from Ionic Construction; Jeremy Spencer, Director of Positive Footprint; Clare Parry from Development Victoria; and Nick Lonsdale from Lonsdale Building Group.

Tomorrow’s event runs from 8 am-4.30 pm at Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields.

Interested media are welcome to attend but must register their interest first.