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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BSI

BSI-071: Joni Mitchell, Water and Walls

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  338.1 KB

GM

Mass Save Deep Energy Retrofit Builder Guide

By Betsy Pettit, FAIA, Ken Neuhauser, Cathy Gates
Download.pdf  6.1 MB

BSI

BSI-047: Thick as a Brick

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  681.8 KB

BSI

BSI-042: Historical Development of the Building Enclosure

By John Straube
Download.pdf  359.4 KB

BSD

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

BSD

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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