Moisture buffer value of building materials

C. Rode, Ruut Peuhkuri, K. Hanssen, B. Time, K. Svennberg, J.A. Arfvidsson, Tuomo Ojanen

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When building materials are in contact with indoor air they have some effect to moderate the variations of indoor humidity in occupied buildings. This way, materials can be used as a passive means of establishing indoor climatic conditions, which are comfortable for human occupancy, or for safe storing of artefacts which are sensible to humidity variation. But so far there has been a lack of a standardized quantity to characterize the moisture buffering ability of materials. It has been the objective of a recent Nordic project to define such a quantity, and to declare it in the form of a NORDTEST method. The Moisture Buffer Value is the figure that has been developed in the project as a way to appraise the moisture buffer effect of materials. The value has a rather practical definition which will be described in the paper. Theoretically, the Moisture Buffer Value has a relationship with other well known properties for moisture transport and storage, and these relations will be explained. The project also comprises definition of a test protocol which expresses how materials should be tested for determination of their Moisture Buffer Value. Finally, it has also been a part of the project to carry out some Round Robin Tests on various typical building materials, and the paper will present some of the results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeat-air-moisture transport
Subtitle of host publicationMeasurements on building materials
EditorsPhalguni Mukhopadhyaya, Mavinkal K. Kumaran
Place of PublicationWest Conshohocken
PublisherAmerican Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
ISBN (Print)9780803134225
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event1st Symposium on Heat-Air-Moisture Transport: Measurements on Building Materials - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 23 Apr 200623 Apr 2006

Publication series

SeriesASTM Special Technical Publication


Conference1st Symposium on Heat-Air-Moisture Transport


  • moisture
  • buffering
  • hyroscopic capacity
  • indoor climate
  • relative humidity
  • moisture loads


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