Why we need to know more about basement moisture

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Abstract

This paper focuses on moisture from and in below-grade spaces in existing structures, exploring the problems created by moisture, reviewing the condition of basements in colder climates, and suggesting that new methods for assessing the condition of existing basements are needed. A literature review of research on the connection between moisture and respiratory illness verifies the need for changes in the way basements are being finished and remodeled. A report of a pilot study pre-testing basements with moisture problems before finishing is included. Reasonable and practical information on how best to finish below-grade spaces to limit potential moisture problems in existing basements concludes the paper. This paper does not include original research on below-grade moisture intrusion nor does it include field-tested solutions to these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuildings VIII
Subtitle of host publicationThermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings
PublisherAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
ISBN (Electronic)1883413966, 9781883413965
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Event8th International Conference on Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2001 - Clearwater, United States
Duration: Dec 2 2001Dec 7 2001

Publication series

NameThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings
ISSN (Electronic)2166-8469

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2001
CountryUnited States
CityClearwater
Period12/2/0112/7/01

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for the pilot project included in this paper was provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service under a cooperative grant. Additional funding was provided by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2001 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). All rights reserved.

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