Freeze-Thaw Damage

Masonry walls are generally highly durable. However, when masonry walls in cold climates stay too wet for too long, freeze-thaw damage can occur. This issue has particular relevance for energy efficiency retrofits, because the addition of interior insulation causes the masonry to stay colder and have a lower drying potential.

The following documents present details of BSC’s research and experience regarding the prevention of freeze-thaw damage in retrofit projects. Technical topics such as the critical degree of saturation (Scrit) are discussed, and case studies and recommendations are provided.

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PA

Measuring the Impact of Interior Insulation on Solid Masonry Walls in a Cold Climate

By Wilkinson/De Rose/Sullivan/Straube
Download.pdf  178.3 KB

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BSD-112: Building Science for Strawbale Buildings

By John Straube
Download.pdf  2.2 MB

BSD

BSD-114: Interior Insulation Retrofits of Load-Bearing Masonry Walls In Cold Climates

By John Straube
Download.pdf  787.2 KB

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BSD-106: Understanding Vapor Barriers

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  3.8 MB

BSD

BSD-138: Moisture and Materials

By John Straube
Download.pdf  319.1 KB

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