Mikael Boulic

I started my research career in 2005 undertaking my PhD studies on the Housing, Heating and Health Study (HHH Study). For my doctoral project, supported by a BRANZ PhD scholarship, I investigated the relationship between domestic heaters and the indoor environment of families with a child with doctor-diagnosed asthma over two winters. I conducted real time monitoring in the living rooms and child’s bedrooms of a subsample of homes from the HHH Study. I found that replacing the unflued gas heater with a non indoor polluting heater reduced the household exposure to a harmful indoor environment. Despite the unflued gas heater being operated exclusively in the living rooms, high levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeding the WHO standard were also found in a quarter of the child’s bedrooms.

As a Research Officer at Massey University, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, I was engaged in a project on environmental benefits from a positive pressure heat recovery ventilation system and I conducted part of the BRANZ funded study of new homes as part of the Weather-tightness, Air quality and Ventilation Engineering (WAVE) programme.

I’m currently lecturing Healthy Buildings at Massey University and I have recently been awarded a Health Research Council of New Zealand Emerging Researcher First Grant to undertake a project on improving indoor environment in schools using a low-cost solar ventilation system.