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Water in Buildings
An Architect's Guide to Moisture and Mold
by William B. Rose

Water in Buildings: An Architect's Guide to Moisture and Mold is a detailed and highly useful reference to help architects and other design professionals create dry, healthy environments, without jeopardizing a project with poor liability management.

Much more than a book of "quick fixes," this practical guide illuminates an essential understanding of the "whys" of moisture problems, including valuable information on how water behaves and how its performance can be anticipated and managed in building design.

With a special emphasis on water's role in creating mold, an issue of growing concern and liability, Water in Buildings offers the most up-to-date information on rainwater management, below-grade water management, foundations, wall and roof construction, mechanical systems, moisture, and much more!

Providing authoritative guidance to designers and builders, this definitive guide features:

  • Clear explanations of how water interacts with building materials and equipment
  • An in-depth exploration of the paths of leaks
  • Numerous case studies on such well-known structures as Mount Vernon, Independence Hall, and Wingspan
  • Numerous descriptive drawings and photographs


1. Building Science

  • Definition
  • Background: Building Science Institutions
  • Building Science and Archtecture
  • Building Science and Construction
  • Building Science and Engineering
  • Building Science and the Building Codes
  • The Methods of Building Science
  • The Prerequisites of Building Science
2. Water
  • Molecular Structure
  • Hydrogen Bonds
  • Surface Tension
  • Water Vapor
  • Psychrometrics
  • Measuring Temperature and Humidity in the Air
  • The Fourth Phase: An Introduction
3. Water and Building Materials
  • Background
  • Post-World War II
  • 1952 Condensation Conference
  • The Diffusion Paradigm
  • The Profile Method
  • Fundamental Rule of Material Wetness
  • Rethinking Moisture Control Strategies: Moisture Engineering
4. Roofs and Facades
  • Rainfall Intensity, Slope, and Watertightness
  • Roof Surfaces
  • Ice Dams
  • Parapets
  • Gutters
  • Building Facades
  • Windows
5. Soils and Foundations
  • Water in Soil
  • Hydraulic Conductivity
  • Surface Flow
  • Drains
  • Basements
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Slab Construction
6. Walls
  • Thermal Wetting and Drying
  • Solar Vapor Drive
  • Airflow in Wall Assemblies
  • Vapor Barriers: Compact and Cavity Assemblies
  • Vapor Retarder
  • Design for Drying or Against Wetting?
  • Insulating Historic Buildings
  • Rising Damp
7. Attics
  • Historical Background
  • Moisture
  • Ice Damming
  • Shingle Durability
  • Summer Cooling
  • Vent Design
  • Truss Rise
8. Mechanical Systems
  • Comfort
  • Humidity Standards for Museums
  • Characterizing Humidity
  • Moisture Generation
  • Ventilation
  • Combustion
  • Air Conditioning
  • Plumbing and Pipe Bursting
9. Rot and Mold
  • Mold
  • Mold Measurement
  • Dry Deposition of Mold Material
  • Health Effects of Mold
  • Mold Remediation


  • ASHRAE Coefficients
  • Unit Conversions


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Water in Buildings
An Architect's Guide to Moisture and Mold
by William B. Rose

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