Moisture capacity of log houses can improve the indoor climate conditions

Tuomo Ojanen

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    The hygroscopic capacity of timber can significantly improve the indoor conditions in log houses. Relative humidity of indoor air is, along with air and surface temperatures, a key factor for thermal comfort and also for perceived indoor air quality. The ability of timber to store moisture during indoor load periods and to release it back to the indoor air during unoccupied periods makes it possible to smooth down the indoor relative humidity variations by passive, structural means. This paper presents the numerical simulations carried out to study the effect of this moisture buffering effect in log houses compared to houses without available hygroscopic material.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication40th IAHS World Congress on Housing
    Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Housing Construction
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event40th IAHS World Congress on Housing : Sustainable Housing Construction - Funchal, Portugal
    Duration: 16 Dec 201419 Dec 2014
    Conference number: 40


    Conference40th IAHS World Congress on Housing


    • log house
    • moisture buffering
    • humidity
    • indoor climate
    • comfort


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