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-080: Tailor Made

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.3 MB

BSI

BSI-071: Joni Mitchell, Water and Walls

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  338.1 KB

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

RR

RR-1014: High-R Walls for the Pacific Northwest–A Hygrothermal Analysis of Various Exterior Wall Systems

By Jonathan Smegal and John Straube
Download.pdf  2.6 MB

RR

RR-0406: Face Sealed vs. Drainable EIFS

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.3 MB

BSD

BSD-112: Building Science for Strawbale Buildings

By John Straube
Download.pdf  2.2 MB

RR

RR-0106: Problems with Housewraps

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  494.3 KB

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

RR

RR-0409: Painting

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  588.6 KB

RR

RR-0410: Vapor Barriers and Wall Design

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  2.1 MB

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