In B. Lao Tzu, credited with authoring the esteemed spiritual classic known as the Tao Te Ching, weighed in on water. Yet when it attacks the firm and strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. Properly protecting structures from moisture intrusion has been an ongoing mission in the design and construction environment, and advances in technology have enabled designers to specify the building materials and systems that limit intrusion through the wall facade. This article addresses not only the key concerns relating to moisture in masonry construction, but how to solve them through advancements in water repellent mortar and block systems that provide additional moisture control, environmental, and visual requirements.
CE Center - Moisture Management in Masonry Buildings
Rain penetration, or penetrating damp as it is commonly known, is an increasing problem in the UK. A higher intensity of rainfall in recent years, combined with a large industry focus on installing cavity wall insulation, has led properties that previously had no issues to suffer from rain penetration. The damage that penetrating damp causes is not only unsightly but can be very costly to rectify. The seminar presents a thorough look into penetrating damp and the modern day treatments available to prevent or rectify it. Details of the causes and common symptoms of penetrating damp are explored with a focus on understanding how the building envelope operates in relation to moisture penetration.
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As architects explore new forms: curved walls, canted overhangs, multifaceted edges, and masonry cladding in high-rise buildings, the integration of materials for moisture proofing wall systems can be an important design component. Three-dimensional detailing as part of information modeling has helped develop a more focused look at the many corners, breaks, and openings in modern buildings. Stevens reports that the plans for the renovation of a courthouse in St. Louis displayed corner boots, end dams, and flashing pieces that could have been exhibits of modern sculptures.