Moisture control tips for specialty buildings

January 20, 2009 |


In an exclusive six-part editorial series from Building Design+Construction, Sean O'Brien, PE, LEED AP, senior project manager with Boston-based engineer Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, provides advice on diagnosing and solving moisture issues in specialty buildings.

The online report covers facilities that are particularly susceptible to moisture-related problems, including:

  • Indoor swimming pools/natatoriums

  • Museums and archives

  • Hospitals

  • Ice rinks

  • Cold storage facilities

  • Indoor ski parks

“Natatoriums, particularly when located in cold climates, are among the most challenging building types for architects and engineers,” says O'Brien. “Interior moisture levels are extremely high, with dew points ranging from 60°F to 70°F. At these levels, even natatoriums in mild climates are susceptible to moisture-related problems. Issues typically encountered in natatoriums are condensation on interior surfaces, condensation within walls and roofs, and corrosion of interior components.”

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