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BA-1015: Bulk Water Control Methods for Foundations

By Kohta Ueno and Joseph Lstiburek    Created: 2010/01/15

Successfully executing strategies to control bulk water for foundations is critical for building durability, indoor air quality, and creating acceptable conditions and/or living spaces within the foundation space. Although the energy impacts of properly done bulk water control are small to insignificant, it should be considered a base requirement for any high performance house. In addition, measures such as basement insulation are predicated on properly managed foundation bulk water.


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