capillary break

Dealing with Rising Damp in Building Reconstruction

Posted on April 27,2015 by Ecovrn in brick

While China is building new cities as fast as possible, Eastern Europe is faced with a challenge on the opposite end of the scale. With a negative population growth and an abundance of old houses, it makes much more sense to rebuild the existing infrastructure than to build new. I'm now visiting Eastern Europe. Many of the villages have houses built prior to World War II. Fortunately, the thick stone walls and strong timbered roof structures make for solid buildings that withstood years of abandon and can serve for many more centuries once refurbished.

Construction Begins — and We Encounter a Few Snafus

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-961160 in capillary break

[Editor's note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 22nd article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]

Video: A Passivhaus Foundation

Posted on April 27,2015 by GBA Team in capillary break

Scroll down this page to see a construction site video of the Karuna House in Yamhill County, Oregon, showing the installation of capillary break material on top of the footings to prevent moisture from wicking up the foundation walls. The Karuna House was designed by Holst Architecture and is being built by Hammer & Hand of Portland, Oregon.

Efflorescence = Water Damage — Building Science Podcast

Posted on April 27,2015 by JoeLstiburek in brick

_This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called "Building Science Fundamentals" taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube of Building Science Corporation._

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