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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Buildings VIII|
|Subtitle of host publication||Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings|
|Publisher||American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)|
|ISBN (Electronic)||1883413966, 9781883413965|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
|Event||8th International Conference on Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2001 - Clearwater, United States|
Duration: Dec 2 2001 → Dec 7 2001
|Name||Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings|
|Conference||8th International Conference on Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2001|
|Period||12/2/01 → 12/7/01|
Bibliographical noteFunding 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.
© 2001 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). All rights reserved.