building moisture Articles

  • Guidelines to Avoid Mould Growth in Buildings

    There is now widespread acceptance that mould growth in buildings should be avoided as it may lead to adverse health effects. Consequently, it is critically important to have appropriate guidelines that address this issue. As well as reviewing the existing literature with regard to the state of the art of relevant mould-related research, this chapter reports on work aimed at developing ...

  • INFRARED TECHNOLOGY - It`s Use in Forensic Building Science to Solve Moisture Intrusion Problems

    This paper will focus discussion on the building envelope, the science behind the inspection, techniques for inspection, and verification of the findings. Because much of our work is pioneering, we will end by addressing the question 'Where do we go from here?' WHY USE INFRAREDA picture says a thousand words; infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that lets you instantly ...

  • Building Science Issue (Attic)

    Client: Upscale Custom Home Builder  Location: Florida Gulf Coast  Completion: Sept thru Oct 2007  Corrections Cost: ~$25,000 Key Project Team: Timothy Toburen Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) was retained by the builder to determine the cause of excessive sweating ...

  • Controlling Mold Growth in Buildings Prevention and Control Strategies

      In background quantities, molds can be found everywhere-in air, water, our homes, our clothing and even on our pets. They are present in such small numbers that they don"t trigger reactions in humans, except in ultra-sensitive individuals. But, when molds find the right combination of ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Indispensable of Rug Cleaners for Maintaining Office Buildings

    When customers note your impeccably clean business premises, they will obviously be impressed by your business acumen and your eye for details. The first aspect of your office décor that immediately catches the attention of customers is your carpets. Perfectly maintained carpets will create an impression of professionalism while dull-looking carpets can suggest a poorly managed business. ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • Soil Moisture Applications and Practices Using the HydraProbe Soil Moisture Sensor

    Over the past ten years, environmental monitoring has become increasingly important. Environmental factors such as climate change, dwindling water resources, and threatened habitats are driving the need to monitor the environment and implement better policies to protect it. Many natural processes in the environment are driven by or in some ways related soil hydrological processes. Monitoring soil ...

  • Right Choice to Maintain Carpets in Government Buildings

    Lots of people bustle in and out of government offices all throughout the day for various reasons. As more and more people visit the area, the carpeted areas in these government buildings turn dirty and dull within days. Traditional cleaning techniques do not work in maintaining the carpets in perfect condition. To ensure impressive-looking and fresh-smelling carpets in government buildings, ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • STOP IT Building Maintenace - Case Study

    Remember - Call Before Digging: A county school district in Florida used STOP IT® to repair copper and PVC water lines with diameters of 2' and 2½' respectivelly and operating pressures of 80psi. They also used STOP IT® to repair a 3' diameter PVC line that carried fiber optic computer wires. They used two rolls of 2'×12' STOP IT® on each repair. Quote: 'Pipe was broken ...


    By InduMar Products, Inc.

  • Thermal Patters Due to Moisture Accumulation within Exterior Walls

    In cold climates, air leakage is accompanied by moisture transport. When migrating through dew point temperatures, a considerable amount of moisture accumulation may occur depending on variables such as the duration of sub-zero exterior temperatures, building pressurization, wind effects and the level of interior relative humidity. Moisture accumulation may result in premature deterioration of ...

  • Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems

    A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges. The Caribbean Republic of Haiti — the poorest, most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10 million — is a case study in forestry and soil fertility mismanagement. A colonial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Northern Gulf Coast Government Building case study

    Client: Federal Courthouse Location: Northern Gulf Coast  Completion: Sept 2005 thru Dec 2005 Corrections Cost: $4 Million+ Key Project Team: Timothy Toburen, Don Brewer IET worked with two different restoration and remediation contractors to develop procedures allowing efficient  ...

  • Build your pond to last with a liquid liner

    Build a pond without providing proper sealing and you'll probably be watching your money getting washed down the drain. Pond cracks, pond holes and pond leaks can be a persistent and costly problem so heading them off before they start in the construction process is a very good idea. That means paying particular attention to lining your ...


    By Pondpro2000

  • From litigation through repair: understanding and resolving moisture entry in a mid–rise Condo

    This paper describes the litigation investigation and rehabilitation conducted on a midrise condo building located in Denver, Colorado, the USA. This paper discusses the investigative techniques used for discovering and determining if the defect was at issue with the building's construction and ultimately, the necessary repairs performed to rectify the defect. The engineering company involved ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building Farm And Food Scrap Digesters

    In the past several weeks, we received invitations to two ribbon cuttings for newly installed farm-based digesters — one at a dairy farm in western Massachusetts and another at a swine operation in North Carolina. We also received a press release from the University of California, Davis, about its new food scraps digester on campus. And then there were a few new projects that we had been ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The Role of Soil Moisture on our Climate, Weather and Global Warming

    Global warming is a topic that has received much attention in the media, especially during the hot days of summer. The process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere prevents the escape of thermal energy into outer space is known as the greenhouse effect. The higher the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere the less thermal energy that can escape thus an increasing ...

  • Compost integral in new website in building soil

    A website called “BuildingSoil” has been launched by the Washington Organic Recycling Council to help builders preserve healthy soil on building sites. It's the latest Soils for Salmon project which aims to change standard site development practices. These new “soil best management practices” will soon be required by local governments around western Washington, as they update local codes to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Architecture and Building Science Education in North America - Challenges and Opportunities

    A recent workshop on Building Science Education in North America, hosted by ASTM International and the National Institute of Building Sciences, spurred frank discussion about the place of the modern architect in building design and construction. Workshop chairman Daniel Lemieux offers a summary of the dialogue. When the design of a building falls short of expectations and performance suffers as a ...


    By ASTM International

  • Florida Engineering Society - Mold Article - Understanding Mold in the Indoor Environment

    Untitled Document We can solve the mold problem. Understanding the basic ecology of fungi will lead us down the correct path. Yes, it will take some effort to change the way ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Top 7 Causes of Mold in Commercial Properties

    Mold growth within commercial buildings is a common concern for building occupants, as it has been linked to a number of health effects and can be found lurking within the walls and within ventilation systems, oftentimes going undetected for long periods of time. Here are the top seven causes of mold in commercial properties and what you need to know to prevent them. Improper Operation and ...


    By Karl & Associates Inc.

  • What is Mold?

    Concern about mold exposure in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away.  It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for microbial growth are present. So what is mold exactly and its effect on buildings? What Exactly is Mold? Molds are ...

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