The Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study between 1994 and 1998 and found that 85% of the 100 buildings randomly selected (from all climates) were damaged by water and that 45% had leaks at the time the buildings were examined. This guide is about how water can affect the life of a building and impact the people who use the building. It was specifically created for those who design and produce drawings for buildings, those who specify materials for buildings, erect buildings from construction documents, and professionals who operate and maintain buildings. It is also for those who inspect the building and finishes in the building. There are excellent references with each chapter.
Photos, graphics, and charts enhance the understanding of the damage that will be caused when designing and erecting buildings without a deep consideration for moisture control. Appendix A includes the “pen test” for integrity and continuity of the control layers.