Moisture Control in New Residential Buildings

Preventing damage moisture in buildings

Moisture damage in building assemblies is the result of moisture movement caused by rain entry from above or below grade, air transport and vapour diffusion, or a combination of these mechanisms.

Strategies to prevent wetting from the exterior of the building are similar in all climates.

Strategies to control wetness caused by air transport and vapor diffusion are dependent on climate, the time of the year, the buildings interior environment and mechanical system.

Capillary breaks, drainage planes, and the use of semi-permeable materials are used to minimize the risk of moisture movement from rain and ground water.

Air Barriers and Air Retarders are designed and constructed to control air transport, where as Vapor Barriers and Vapor Retarders are used to control vapor diffusion.

The relative humidity adjacent to all building surfaces must be maintained below 70% to prevent surface mold and other biological growth.

Moisture control practices in Cold Climates, Hot-Humid Climates and Mixed Climates are broken down into:

  • Key Concerns And Control Strategies
  • Condensation Within Building
  • Assemblies
  • High Interior Humidity Resulting In
  • Mold And Surface Condensation
  • Mechanical Concerns
  • Combustion Appliances

MORE INFO - A comparison of climate appropriate roof, wall and foundation designs written by Joseph Lstiburek of Building Science Digests - "Moisture Control for New Residential Buildings"

The Westcoast Way

During the re roof and repair process it is not uncommon to come across evidence of condensation, mold and other biological growth. Will your roofing contractor know what to do?

In our opinion, it is the responsibility of your roofing contractor to understand the building science behind moisture movement so that they can identify the cause of the problem and have the ability to design and construct a long-term solution.

Currently building science is not a part of the Roofing Trade Qualification Curriculum offered through the Roofing Contractors Association Of British Columbia.

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