The author states that the subject of this book is “the physics behind heat, air and moisture in materials, building assemblies and whole buildings.” The book is based on the premise that building physics is an applied science and therefore is directed toward problem-solving. Specific topics include thermal insulation and thermal inertia, moisture and temperature-induced movements, and moisture tolerance.
This book includes many calculations but is also quite descriptive; a no-nonsense book that is written succinctly. It includes good background information even if the calculations are not specifically used by the student. The book includes a short but effective and compelling history of building physics. There are three companion texts available and a fourth yet to be published.