Technology

Moisture Evaluation Technology

Moisture Evaluations of Building Envelopes have become critical in recent years. The new building envelopes (exterior walls, roof assemblies, elevated floor assemblies) have become more air tight due to energy conservation efforts causing the components to be more susceptible to moisture accumulation. Moisture accumulation leads to deterioration and mold growth. These analyses provide insight into which assemblies are more prone to moisture accumulation and which assemblies are better suited to your structure. Calculations are performed on an hourly basis and provide such critical information as moisture content of building components and surface relative humidity. Since the following example analyses are dependent upon particular structural components in a particular climate, they may not reflect your specific condition.

Brick Veneer Wall
Flooded-Brick-Veneer Wall
Stucco
Hollow Core Floor

Structural analysis has  stepped forward in recent years. Building components are computer modeled to explore the various possible solutions. Through computer modeling, different solutions can be investigated and the best fit solution can be implemented. These moisture evaluation technologies are used extensively by our structural engineer in Houston Metro area. Some examples of these computer modeled moisture accumulation analyses can be seen below.

deformation
moment
shear