The proper design and construction of homes and other buildings has always involved attention to moisture control. While this originated with the straightforward need to keep moisture out and protect the structure from deterioration, in recent years the issue has become much more complex and occupants’ expectations have risen. Moisture control now includes the challenge of managing interior moisture, including water vapor, in order to promote occupant comfort, protect indoor air quality, and prevent the development of mold.
At a time when consumers demand better performance from their homes than ever before, absolute moisture protection for houses is a most demanding goal. At the same time our understanding of more subtle issues related to the effects of moisture and proper control continues to evolve. As a result, while good moisture control ultimately rests on scientific principles, it also must be implemented by home builders and remodelers who bring a more practical orientation to the construction process. To encourage successful implementation, the recommendations in this guide have been designed to combine the latest technical knowledge with more traditional elements of judgment, experience and common sense. This AIA approved online course is approved for 8 hours (HSW hours).
Learning Units:8 LU/HSW
Learning Objective 1: Upon completion of this course, the student willknow of many proven moisture control construction details that can be incorporated into design documents.
Learning Objective 2: The student will be aware that building codes do not adequately address many of the details required for a complete and proper moisture barrier system.
Learning Objective 3: For each major building system, will learn of a set of design considerations and best practice recommendations.
Learning Objective 4: The student will understand that just a few minutes of oversight or inspection by the designer at the right point in the construction cycle can ensure the use of best practices and avoid missed opportunities for moisture control.