A recent pan-European housing survey of the WHO clearly shows the link between present-day housing conditions, and human health and comfort. Mould and moisture problems appear in 15 to 30% of the stock, giving rise to respiratory diseases and asthma. Besides health hazards mould and moisture also negatively affects the durability of building materials.

To prevent these problems dedicated bioactive chemicals, so called biocides, are added to building and finishing materials like coatings or plasters. Unfortunately the use of biocides and the emissions they produce can be hazardous for human health as well and therefore should be limited, which is in line with plans by the European Commission to restrict chemical emissions.

The AXIOMA project aims to develop innovative building materials (coatings, plasters and post-treated ceramic materials) with high added value, which provide cost-effective solutions for the building and construction sector and a strong reduction of the environmental impact and health related problems.

Background Info 

  • Ten percent of homeowners believe that mould is an issue in their neighbourhoods while 35 percent of home builders and 19 percent of real estate agents believe that this is an issue in the homes they build/sell.
  • A total of 11% of the entire global burden of disease has been attributed to unhealthy buildings.
  • Coatings in the built environment usually exhibit biocidal functionality between 0.5 and 2 years, whereas the desired service life in building practice is at least 10 years.



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 228504

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