Development of methods to measure the potential of a plaster to regulate indoor humidity

Kiyomi Lim, Dan Maskell

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Moisture buffering utilises hygroscopic construction materials as a more sustainable approach to passively moderate indoor humidity. This study seeks to develop a reproducible test method to obtain a moisture buffering value of common building materials under conditions that reflect typical indoor environmental conditions. Temperature and humidity variations in sinusoidal profiles for two different materials, typically used to finish internal surfaces have been studied to identify their potential moisture regulation behaviour. Outcomes were then combined and ranked indicating the potential of materials to passive regulate the indoor humidity and the need for robust methods of investigation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBuilding Services Engineering Research and Technology
Publication statusAcceptance date - 28 May 2021


  • Indoor air quality
  • Sustainable construction materials
  • Relative humidity
  • Test methods

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