Moisture is viewed as one of the single largest factors limiting the useful service life of a building. Moisture problems are prevalent all over the world, almost independent of climate. Elevated levels of moisture in buildings can lead to serious health effects for occupants. This document presents moisture from a building science and systems perspective. The laws of physics have not changed; air, moisture, and heat still flow in and out of buildings according to the laws of thermodynamics. However, building materials, equipment, and construction practices continue to change. Performance expectations have transformed the way buildings are constructed and perform. This document addresses these issues. Over 250 full color figures and tables in 11 chapters and 200 pages from a world renowned expert explain the principles and practices of moisture control for residential buildings.
After two decades Joseph Lstiburek has re-written and updated the classic “Builder’s Guide to Cold Climates. It belongs in every builder’s, architects, contractors and code officials library. It covers the principles and practices of residential construction. It includes all of the revolutionary changes to construction since the the first energy crisis…advanced framing, unvented-conditioned attics and crawlspaces, ICF construction, SIP construction, spray polyurethane foam, continuous exterior insulation, externally/internally insulated basements and slabs, frost protected foundations, double wall construction, controlled ventilation systems - ERV’s vs HRV’s, case studies, net zero assemblies and more in a guide with over 450 full color figures and tables in 23 chapters and 460 pages from a world renowned expert.
The Builder's Guide will provide the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in hot-humid climate regions.
The North American Hot-Dry & Mixed-Dry Climate edition of the Builder's Guide now provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems with revised sections on: Foundations, Walls, Roofs