Home Builders Needed for Moisture Study

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on March 24, 2016 2 Comments

insulationHome Innovation Research Labs is looking for builders to help them better understand the effects of moisture in highly insulated homes.

If you are building a home and willing to have wireless sensors installed in the walls to monitor the conditions of your wood framing, you’ll be part of a study that will give the next generation of builders a better idea of how these energy-efficient practices affect the long-term performance of our walls.

The focus of the study is on wall systems with R-value of 20 and higher in airtight, high performance homes in Climate Zone 4 or higher. The study begins this spring and continues through the summer of 2017. The study will look only at new homes, not remodeling projects or additions.

Details and an application are available on the Home Innovation website.

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  1. I am so happy to hear NAHB is performing this study. We are receiving weekly calls from customers saying they are getting tile cracks and wood floor separations. We have concluded that the floor joist, especially where the heat runs are in the floor cavities, are too dry, causing the floor covering to crack.

    Our homes are way to tight!!!! We are now telling our customers they must install a Humidifier in their home and we will not come to the home until the moisture gets up to 40-45%. Even then, the floor joists are still reading 8-12% moisture.

    We need HELP as the Dept of Energy is not understanding what their regulations are doing to our homes!

  2. Frank Morse says:

    Any studies relative to the seal and insulation performance as well as possible issues derived from same on housing is a plus at this point. Considering the enforcement since 2015 of the new IECC and IRC HVAC regs, it is critical that we get this right on all counts, including ventilation. Thank you!

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