Wall Assembly Study Will Guide Builders on Moisture Management

Home builders are understandably reluctant to adopt the latest technology without knowing how it may perform over the long term.

The builder may be liable for warranty problems for years and deal with unhappy homeowners.

That's why Home Innovation Research Labs has undertaken the Moisture Performance Monitoring of High-R Wall Systems study to understand how different walls systems perform in real-world conditions.

At the 2017 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBAHigh Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, Vladimir Kochkin, director of applied engineering for Home Innovation Labs, talked about the study and the goal to help builders understand how to manage moisture in wall systems.

The study include includes 20 builders using many different wall types. Sensors in the home, including inside the walls, monitor each home's moisture levels and also what else is happening in the home at the time, to view the home as a system.


Topics: Building Green, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Exteriors, Home Design & Plans, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Thermal Envelope

Companies: EEBA, NAHB


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