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Title: Moisture Performance of Insulated Raised, Wood-Frame Floors: A Study of Twelve Houses in Southern Louisiana

Source: In: Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XI International Conference,

Author(s)Glass, Samuel V.; Carll, Charles G.; Curole, Jay P.; Voitier, Matthew D.

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-1

Abstract: In flood-prone areas, elevating a building’s floor system above the anticipated flood level can significantly limit the extent of property damage associated with flooding. In hot and humid climates, such as the Gulf Coast region, raised floor systems may, however, be at risk for seasonal moisture accumulation, as the majority of residential buildings in such climates are now mechanically cooled. Conditions were monitored over a one-year period in a sample of 12 houses with insulated raised floors, eight in New Orleans and four in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Eleven of the 12 houses were located in flood hazard areas and were constructed with open pier foundations. Several types of insulation were compared across the sample of houses.

Keywords: Wooden buildings; building moisture; moisture; dwelling moisture; building dampness; wooden-frame houses; environmental engineering; testing; wood moisture; building testing; testing; weathering; foundations; wooden floors; Louisiana; buildings; dwellings; flooding; water vapor pressure; vapor pressure; temperature; humidity; crawl spaces; moisture content; moisture control; durability; raised floors; raised buildings

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 3,680 kb(s)

Date posted: 01/23/2011

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RITS Product ID: 37897
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Glass, Samuel V.
Research Physical Scientist

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