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Dr Mikael Boulic

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

Mikael started his research career in 2005 undertaking his PhD studies on the New Zealand Housing, Heating and Health Study/He Kainga Oranga. For his doctoral project, supported by a Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) PhD scholarship, Mikael investigated the relationship between domestic heaters and the indoor environment of families with a child with doctor-diagnosed asthma.

 

As a Research Officer at Massey University, from 2008 to 2011, Mikael was engaged in a project on environmental benefits from a positive pressure heat recovery ventilation system and he conducted part of the BRANZ funded study of new homes as part of the Weather-tightness, Air quality and Ventilation Engineering programme.

 

Mikael is currently lecturing Healthy Buildings at Massey University and has recently been awarded a Health Research Council of New Zealand Emerging Researcher First Grant and a Lottery Health Research Grant to undertake a project on improving environment in primary schools using a low cost solar ventilation system.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 09 213 6546
    Location: 106.20D, 106 (Oteha Rohe Precinct)
    Campus: Albany

Prizes and Awards

  • RICS Research and Consultancy Team Award I shared this award with Dr Walls (Building Code Consultants Ltd) and Dr Boddy (MWH Global-Stantec), RICS is the leading international Institute for Professionals in the Construction and Property sectors. This award shows the importance of healthy buildings for the NZ construction industry sector. - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (2017)
  • Emerging Researcher Award at HRC—Massey University Health Research Leaders Awards. This award recognises excellence and great achievement in HRC funded research and also demonstrates research leadership and excellent contribution to NZ’s health research system. The reviewers were impressed by with “the excellent industry engagement and effective interdisciplinary collaboration to find practical, cost-effective solutions that can be implemented immediately to create warmer and healthier homes and schools for kids in New Zealand”. - Health Research Council of New Zealand (2016)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Built environment

Indoor Air Quality

Health and Well being

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Building (120200): Building Science and Techniques (120202): Built Environment And Design (120000):
Community Child Health (111704): Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705):
Environmental Monitoring (050206): Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

Indoor Air Quality

Energy saving

Ventilation

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 8
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Equipment

This grant will update extensively used indoor air quality monitoring equipment. Additional equipment will enable more homes and classrooms to be monitored as we investigate cost effective methods to create healthy indoor environments.
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Date Range: 2015 - 2016

Funding Body: Department of Internal Affairs

Project Team:

Project Title: Improving health and wellbeing in low decile classrooms with a low cost solar ventilation system

Most New Zealand schools depend on open windows for ventilation. However classrooms are grossly under ventilated during cold weather. Consequently children are exposed to avoidable high levels of respirable pathogens and pollutants. Conventional mechanical ventilation is prohibitively expensive for schools. An interventional study will investigate the health improvements following installation of a low cost solar heated ventilation system in ten predominantly low decile junior classrooms (300 children) over two school terms for two winters. In the first monitoring period, five classrooms will be active (ventilation operational) and five will be a control; control and active groups will switch each term. Streptococci from throat swab, total airborne bacteria, coughing and sneezing frequency, absenteeism and chemical pollutants will be measured. It is anticipated that increased ventilation will lead to a healthier classroom environment as pathogen levels and subsequent respiratory infections will be reduced, as will chemical pollutants.
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Date Range: 2012 - 2015

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Boulic, M., Phipps, R., & Cunningham, C. (2017). Healthy School Research Group.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.Contributed to by: Boulic, M.
Walls, K., Boulic, M., & Boddy, JWD. (2016). The built environment - A missing ‘cause of the causes’ of non- communicable diseases. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13, 956-956
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M.
Boulic, M., Phipps, RA., Cunningham, M., Cleland, DJ., Fjällström, P., Abe, K., . . . Howden-Chapman, P. (2015). Heater choice, dampness and mould growth in 26 New Zealand homes: A study of propensity for mould growth using encapsulated fungal spores. Buildings. 5(1), 149-162
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Pierse, N., Arnold, R., Howden-Chapman, P., Keall, M., Crane, J., Cunningham, M., . . . Boulic, M. (2013). Lung damage linked to cold bedrooms. NZ Doctor.
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.Contributed to by: Phipps, R.
Pierse, N., Arnold, R., Keall, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., Cunningham, M., . . . et al, . (2013). Modelling the effects of low indoor temperatures on the lung function of children with asthma. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 10, 918-925
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.Contributed to by: Phipps, R.
Phipps, R., & Boulic, M. (2012). Living in the Comfort Zone. Build. 129, 40-40 Retrieved from http://www.branz.co.nz/cms_display.php?sn=67&st=1
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Gillespie-Bennett, J., Pierse, N., Wickens, K., Crane, J., Howden-Chapman, P., Shields, H., . . . Woodward, A. (2011). The respiratory health effects of nitrogen dioxide in children with asthma. European Respiratory Journal. 38(2), 303-309
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Preval, N., Chapman, R., Pierse, N., Howden-Chapman, P., Nicholls, S., Gillespie-Bennett, J., . . . Crane, J. (2010). Evaluating energy, health and carbon co-benefits from improved domestic space heating: A randomised community trial. Energy Policy. 38(8), 3965-3972 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421510001837
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Free, S., Howden-Chapman, P., Pierse, N., Viggers, H., Nicholls, S., Bennett, J., . . . Crane, J. (2009). Does more effective home heating reduce school absences for children with asthma?. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 64(5), 379-386 Retrieved from http://jech.bmj.com/content/64/5/379
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Free, S., Howden-Chapman, P., Pierse, N., Viggers, H., Nicholls, S., Bennett, J., . . . Crane, J. (2009). More effective home heating reduces school absences for children with asthma. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 64(5), 379-386 Retrieved from http://jech.bmj.com/content/64/5/379
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Gillespie-Bennett, J., Pierse, N., Wickens, K., Crane, J., Nicholls, S., Shields, D., . . . Free, S. (2008). Sources of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in New Zealand homes: Findings from a community randomized controlled trial of heater substitutions. Indoor Air: international journal of indoor air quality and climate. 18(6), 521-528 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0668.2008.00554.x/abstract
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Gillespie-Bennett, J., Pierse, N., Wickens, K., Crane, J., Nicholls, S., Shields, D., . . . Howden-Chapman, P. (2008). Sources of nitrogen dioxide (NO<inf>2</inf>) in New Zealand homes: Findings from a community randomized controlled trial of heater substitutions. Indoor Air. 18(6), 521-528
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M.
Howden-Chapman, P., Pierse, N., Nicholls, S., Gillespie-Bennett, J., Viggers, H., Cunningham, M., . . . Crane, J. (2008). Effects of improved home heating on asthma in community dwelling children: Randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 337(7674), 852-855
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Fjallstrom, PR., Phipps, R., Cunningham, M., Cleland, DJ., Pierse, N., . . . Viggers, H. (2008). Cold homes in New Zealand: Does increasing the heater capacity improve indoor temperatures?. Clean Air and Environmental Quality. 42(3), 22-30 Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=290339939759293;res=IELENG
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Cunningham, M., Cleland, D., & Fjällström, P. (2007). Too dry and too cold for mould germination in New Zealand dwellings?. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues. 7(4), 330-340
[Journal article]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.

Book

Boulic, M., Phipps, RA., Cunningham, M., Cleland, DJ., & Fjallstrom, PR. (2009). Did replacing unflued gas heaters with inverter heat pumps decrease the indoor potential for mould growth?. In P. Howden Chapman, J. Bennett, & R. Siebers (Eds.) Do damp and mould matter? Health impacts of leaky homes. (pp. 100 - 113). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.

Report

Phipps, RA., Boulic, M., & Cunningham, C.(2006). Housing, Heating and Health Study: 2005/2006 Report One, Aims and Methods.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.

Conference

Trompetter, W., Boulic, M., Ancelet, T., Davy, P., & Phipps, R.(2016, February). Domestic dust as an air quality indicator in New Zealand homes. .
[Conference]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Trompetter, W., Garcia-R, JC., & Howden-Chapman, P.Improving indoor air quality in New Zealand classrooms with a solar ventilation unit (solar collector): the air particulate part. . Ghent, Belgium
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Garcia-R, J.
Boulic, M., Trompetter, W., Ancelet, T., Garcia-Ramirez, JC., Davy, P., Phipps, R., . . . Howden-Chapman, P. (2016). Improving indoor air quality in New Zealand classrooms with a solar ventilation unit (solar collector): the air particulate part. Improving indoor air quality in New Zealand classrooms with a solar ventilation unit (solar collector): the air particulate part.. : 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate,
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Fjallstrom, P., Phipps, R., Cleland, D., Cunningham, M., & Howden-Chapman, P.(2016). Harmful No2 level during unflued gas heater operation in New Zealand homes. . (pp. 71 - 72).
[Conference]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Wang, Y., Phipps, R., Plagmann, M., Cunningham, C., Howden-Chapman, P., . . . Trompetter, B.(2016). Increasing the ventilation rate and temperature in New Zealand classrooms using a solar roof collector. Paper presented at the meeting of CESB 2016 - Central Europe Towards Sustainable Building 2016: Innovations for Sustainable Future
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Trompetter, W., Garcia-R, JC., & Phipps, R.Air particulate sources and activity inside school classrooms. . Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Garcia-R, J., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Trompetter, B., Ancelet, T., Garcia Ramirez, JC., Davy, P., & Phipps, R. (2015). Air particulate sources and activity inside school classrooms. /. : 22nd International Clean Air and Environment Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Trompetter, W., Boulic, M., Garcia-R, JC., Davy, P., & Phipps, R.Air particulate sources and activity inside school classrooms. . Bexco, Busan, Republic of Korea
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Garcia-R, J.
Wang, Y., Phipps, RA., Boulic, M., & Plagmann, M.Effects of Solar Collectors on Indoor air Quality in Junior Classrooms in winter 2013.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Phipps, RA., Hohaie, S., Donn, M., & Boulic, M.Indoor winter temperatures in 20 social housing units. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., & Phipps, RA.Heater choice and mould growth in New Zealand Homes; An Invention Study. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Trompetter, B., Boulic, M., Ancelet, T., Garcia Ramirez, JC., Davy, P., & Phipps, R.Air quality inside school classrooms. . Busan, Korea
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Wang, Y., Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Plagmann, M., Cunningham, C., Theobald, C., . . . Baker, M. (2015). Effects of solar collectors on indoor air quality in junior classrooms in winter 2013. http://www.buildingabetternewzealand.co.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=202. (pp. 246 - 253). : Building a Better New Zealand
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Cunningham, M., & Cleland, D. (2015). Heater choice and mould growth in New Zealand homes: An intervention study. http://www.buildingabetternewzealand.co.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=202. (pp. 140 - 149). : Building A Better New Zealand
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Wang, Y., Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Plagmann, M., Cunningham, C., Theobald, C., . . . Baker, M. (2014). Effects of solar collector on classroom temperature in winter 2013. Poster session presented at the meeting of Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., & Phipps, R.Improving health and wellbeing in low decile classrooms with a low cost solar ventilation system. . Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Trompetter, B., Boulic, M., Ancelet, T., Davy, P., & Phipps, RA.Composition of indoor dust samples. . Sydney
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Wang, Y., Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Plagmann, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Baker, M., . . . Theobald, C.(2013). Effects of solar collector on classroom temperature in winter 2013. .
[Conference]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Wang, Y., Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Plagmann, M., Cunningham, CW., & Theobald, C.(2013). Effects of solar collector on classroom temperature in junior classrooms in winter 2013. .
[Conference]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
Trompetter, B., Boulic, M., Ancelet, T., Davy, P., & Phipps, R. (2013). Composition of indoor dust samples. In J. Cox, & D. Roddis (Eds.) Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2013. NSW, Australia: Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2013
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Phipps, R., Howden-Chapman, P., Baker, M., Cunningham, C., Theobald, C., . . . Sudol, P. (2013, February). Improving health and well being in low decile classrooms with a low cost solar ventilation system.. Presented at The Energy Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cunningham, C., Phipps, R.
McNeil, S., Quaglia, L., Bassett, M., Cunningham, M., Overton, G., Plagmann, M., . . . Smith, I.Trends in Airtightness of New Zealand Homes. : 19th International Congress of Biometeorology
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M.
Phipps, RA., & Boulic, M.Building in Mould and Dampness. : 5th Mould Asthma and Domestic Design
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Hosie, I., & Phipps, RA.Effects On Indoor Environment In 30 Auckland Homes From The Installation Of A Positive Pressure Ventilation Unit. (pp. 1 - 9). : New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference 2010, SB10
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Cunningham, M., Phipps, RA., Fjallstrom, P., Cleland, DJ., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2009). An Empirical Model To Predict The Minimum Heater Use To Reach 18˚C In New Zealand Bedrooms. (pp. 1 - 5). : 19th International Clean Air and Environment Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Phipps, RA., Fjallstrom, PR., Cunningham, M., Cleland, DJ., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2009). Stop "heating the birds": Well being at home and heating options. (pp. 1 - 6). : Massey University Centre for Energy Research Energy Post Graduate Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Fjallstrom, PR., Phipps, RA., Cunningham, M., Cleland, DJ., Howden Chapman, P., . . . Pollard, A. (2007). Cold homes in New Zealand - low heater capacity, or low heater use?. International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. (pp. 1 - 8).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Phipps, RA., Cunningham, M., Fjallstrom, PR., Boulic, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., . . . Chapman, R. (2006). Not Just Hot Air: Methods and Preliminary Results For The Intensive Monitoring of Emissions and By Products From Five Types Of Domestic Heaters. Poster session presented at the meeting of HB 20006 Healthy Buildings. Portugal
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Phipps, RA., Cunningham, M., Fjallstrom, P., Boulic, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., . . . Chapman, R. (2006). Intensive Monitoring of Emissions from Portable Domestic Heaters. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Healthy Buildings Confernce, Portugal. Lisboa, Portugal
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.
Boulic, M., Phipps, RA., Cunningham, M., Cleland, DJ., & Fjallstrom, P. (2006). Too dry and too cold for mould germination in New Zealand dwellings. Proceedings of The 10th Annual Environmental Postgraduate Conference Australia's Largest Postgraduate Environmental Conference. (pp. 34 - 39).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Cleland, D., Phipps, R.
Phipps, R., Cunningham, M., Fjällström, P., Boulic, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., . . . Chapman, R. (2006). Not just hot air: Methods and preliminary results for the intensive monitoring of emissions and by-products from two types of domestic heaters. HB 2006 - Healthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Proceedings. Vol. 3 (pp. 399 - 402).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Boulic, M., Phipps, R.

Other

Boulic, M. (2015). Future of energy and well-being in buildings. Presented at Plamerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Boulic, M.
Boulic, M. (2013, June). Future of energy and well-being in buildings.. In United Nation Youth Workshop,. Presented at Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Boulic, M.
Boulic, M. (2012, November). Air Quality in New Zealand Buildings.. In Palmerston North City LIbrary, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Boulic, M.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Phoebe Taptiklis - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating the relationship between house characteristics and indoor dampness
  • Yu Wang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effects of a solar collector on the classroom indoor air quality in winter--a case study of Palmerston North primary schools

Media and Links

Media

  • 31 Oct 2013 - Magazine
    Heating Healthy Schools
    Personal profile of Mikael Boulic's doctoral research in Build magazine issue Oct/Nov 2013
  • 28 Oct 2016 - Online
    Healthier classrooms for Kiwi kids
    “Smart” windows developed in partnership with APL Window Solutions and a team of students led by Dr Khalid Arif of SEAT will also be installed and tested. A sensor measuring CO2 levels, temperature an
  • 26 Sep 2016 - Magazine, Online
    Classroom air quality study due
  • 24 May 2015 - Newspaper
    Do heat pumps really save money?
    The New Zealand Herald by Susan Edmunds:Households are not making the most of the heating system and may pay too much.
  • 17 Jun 2015 - Television
    Heat pumps not being used efficiently
    TV NZ Fair Go: Heat pump tips
  • 06 Oct 2012 - Newspaper
    Schoolroom study looks at air quality
    Manawatu Standard by Jono Galuska
  • 06 Jun 2015 - Radio
    Heat pumps
    Newstalk ZB (Sunday 6am 8am): Resident Builder - Peter Wolfkamp-
  • 02 Aug 2012 - Radio
    Our Changing World
    Radio interview, Radio New Zealand National. Topic: Ventilation Systems for Classrooms.

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