It is important to control indoor humidity level in buildings as it influences occupant’s health and comfort. Hygroscopic building materials present great potential to passively regulate air humidity due to their ability to adsorb and desorb moisture. In recent years researchers have focused on this capacity, referred to as Moisture Buffering, as it has the potential to improve indoor thermal comfort and reduce HVAC usage and their consequent energy consumption. However, building designers generally do not consider this property an important factor, due to its unclear influence and difficulty in the quantification of its effects in real buildings. Therefore, it is complicated to develop an appropriate laboratory scale testing. The aim of this paper is to
investigate the challenges related to moisture buffering measurement and to examine the approaches adopted by researchers. The significance of this study is to identify discrepancies between existing methods in the evaluation of the dynamic adsorption properties and presents areas for further development in testing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-343
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Early online date27 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2019


  • Dynamic hygrothermal properties
  • Finishing materials
  • Full-scale measurement
  • Indoor hygrothermal comfort
  • Moisture buffering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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