Among all the challenges plaguing buildings in the U.S., moisture-related problems are at the top of the list. About 80% of all premature facility-wear expenditures stem from poor moisture control. A long list of problems relates to poorly designed envelope systems for moisture management, such as corrosion, mold growth, materials deterioration, and even excess draw on a building's HVAC systems. Building Teams that execute well-planned, well-designed, and properly installed moisture management systems will enjoy key benefits.
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Discuss how moisture affects buildings.
Understand the general principles of control and protection against moisture-related effects and damage.
List building materials and methods of value in protecting buildings from the negative effects of moisture intrusion.
Describe the importance of climate and the use of air barriers in controlling moisture.