Moisture decay in buildings and the impact of weather
Author(s): Valeria Cascione , 1 , Daniel Maskell 1 , Andy Shea 1 , Pete Walker 1

Publication date (Print): 12 May 2021

Conference name: 1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings 2021 (ICMB21)

Conference date: 28-29 June 2021

Keywords: moisture decay, indoor moisture

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Moisture levels inside buildings are influenced by many factors, including ventilation levels, daily weather conditions, seasonal climates, and material hygroscopicity. It is complex to discern the contribution of these factors in regulating moisture levels, and to quantify the capacity of hygroscopic materials applied on internal surfaces to moderate the indoor humidity, a process referred as moisture buffering. In this study, full-scale experimentation was performed on two single room test buildings (cells) to evaluate the role of moisture buffering at large scale. A statistical model was developed to extrapolate the impact of weather on the indoor moisture balance and to investigate the influence of hygroscopic materials in the room relative humidity. This is a first step into the quantification of the moisture buffering capacity of walls in buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2021
Event1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB21), UCL London 28-29 June 2021 - UCL , London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 202129 Jun 2021


Conference1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB21), UCL London 28-29 June 2021
CountryUK United Kingdom

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