Building Science

They keep building this way, it will keep the Mold Industry in Business

The American Institute of Building Science Professionals couldn’t say it better, their response to what BUILDING SCIENCE is:

Building science is the compilation of knowledge and experience that concentrates on the scientific study of the physical phenomena affecting buildings. Traditional aspects of the building included are building materials, building envelope, indoor air quality, HVAC systems, acoustics, lighting (natural and electrical), and the efficient use of energy. The practical purpose of building science is to optimize the performance of new and existing buildings, emphasizing state-of-the-art maintenance techniques, to understand and prevent building failures, with the expectation of guiding the intelligent design of new construction.

Building Science is the combination of disciplines that concern themselves with the knowledge and proper function of buildings in response to naturally occurring phenomena such as the weather (sun, wind, rain, temperature, humidity), and nature-related issues: freeze/thaw cycles, dew point/frost point, moisture/water migration, including subterranean conditions such as potential for soil erosion, and ground-water activity, frost or condensation penetration.

With the building codes of today, you may be forced to deal with the results of code compliance. Many times over our 20 yrs. we see issues that will cause mold to grow because of code compliance.

 This is seen in our consultations on Commercial buildings because of the metal studs that are used, fresh air intake/exchange requirements, air sealing, transition from concrete to steel just to name a few. Now you would think that metal doesn’t grow mold? But the way air flows thru the cavities of metal stud walls causes vapor to condensate & mold to develop inside the insulation & on the exterior and interior surfaces of the exterior walls.   

Residential issues are all over the map when it comes to mold development. Construction defects, failed vapor barriers, tight built walls, Thermal transfer, Foundation wicking, Cold Joints/Pours just to name a few. There are hundreds, even thousands of failures that cause the Development of mold growth.

Since 1999, Cobak has been in the mold business and utilizes their extensive experience in Construction to Diagnose the failure correctly & use that knowledge to Mitigate the issue the first time.

 

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