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Engineering Standard for Moisture Control in Buildings

Snapshot : ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 160-2009, Criteria for Moisture-Control Design Analysis in Buildings, was published in May 2009. This engineering standard was developed over the past 13 years by an international committee chaired by an FPL scientist. The standard embodies a quantitative, performance-based approach to moisture analysis for evaluating building designs.

Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 188

Summary

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 160-2009, Criteria for Moisture-Control Design Analysis in Buildings, was published in May 2009. This engineering standard was developed over the past 13 years by an international committee chaired by an FPL scientist. The standard embodies a quantitative, performance-based approach to moisture analysis for evaluating building designs. Questions about design features such as the need, type, and placement of vapor barriers cannot be answered objectively or consistently without specifying the interior and exterior conditions that the building is expected to sustain without negative consequences to itself or its occupants. The standard provides criteria for selecting design parameters such as initial moisture levels in building materials, interior temperature and humidity, air pressure differences, and exterior weather loads such as wind-driven rain that affect the building envelope. The standard also gives criteria for selecting analytical procedures and for evaluating moisture performance.

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  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers,Standard Project Committee 160

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  • Resource Management and Use
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