April 18, 2013

This report describes the construction and instrumentation of Phase IV of a multi-phase, multi-year research project at the Vancouver Field Exposure Test Facility in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The main objective of Phase IV is to determine how various configurations of exterior low vapor permeance insulation affect the moisture durability risk of structural wood-based sheathing. To assist with this analysis, the walls will be subjected to elevated interior relative humidities, and intentional controlled surface wetting of the interior and/or exterior of the OSB sheathing.


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