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Moisture Transport

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Identify common signs of moisture problems in buildings

Identify the conditions for mold growth

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Explain the major causes of moisture damage in a building.

Explain the difference between weather barriers and vapor barriers.

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Apply best practice methods for controlling moisture

Correctly identify best practices to remove mold growth on lumber.


Author: ASHRAE
Organization: ASHRAE
The 2017 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals covers basic principles and data used in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. It covers basic principles such as thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and heat transfer, providing practical guidance on building envelope, indoor environmental quality, load...
Author: Hugo Hens
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...
Author: John Straube and Eric Burnett
The authors are clear that this text is intended for engineer or technical specialists who design, construct, operate, repair, rehabilitate, and renovate buildings. This is a walk-through of heat, air, and moisture in buildings in a straightforward manner with language that is easy for the student...
Author: John Straube
As the author states in the Introduction, Chapter One, “the environmental damage caused by a building’s energy consumption and its production is by far the largest impact, usually dwarfing the impact of the materials used to construct a building.” This book is intended to provide students with a...
Author: Carl-Eric Hagentoft
This book focuses on the theories behind the physical problems that may arise and the mathematical models used to arrive at needed solutions.
Author: Mark Bomberg and Tomasz Kisilewicz
This a basic text on heat, air flow, and moisture based on years of research, teaching, and writing on these issues. It includes chapters on the durability of materials, materials in environmental control, and hygrothermal insulations. The hardcover version is Methods of Building Physics by Bomberg...
Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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...
Author: Joseph Lstiburek and John Carmody
This book, while not written as a traditional textbook, has become a classic text on moisture control. It is not specifically a “science” book; the authors tend to explain mold, moisture, and condensation in nonscientific terms. Excellent graphics that hit every part of the building envelope. The...
Author: William Rose
This book is about water in buildings. The author clearly states that it is not a reference book on moisture control nor is it a “how-to or how-come” book. It is a learning book on water and moisture and the science and physics of water when applied to buildings. That said, it is a comprehensive...
Author: Joseph Lstiburek
This relatively small guide addresses one of the most important issues in buildings—controlling rain and ground water. The prose is succinct and to the point. The graphics are outstanding. The guide is divided into five sections: Principles, Window Installation, Risk Factors (including an Average...


Organization: University of Toronto
This online course is a basic building science course presented in a way that is easy to watch and listen to by professors with years of teaching experience in civil engineering at the University of Toronto.  From the course listing: “This online course package consists of a set of 7 modules. These...


Manual J (8th Edition) – Residential Load Calculation is the national ANSI-recognized standard for producing HVAC equipment sizing loads for single-family detached homes, small multiunit structures, condominiums, town houses, and manufactured homes. Manual B – Balancing and Testing Air and Hydronic...

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Proficiency Level 3: Apply