Investigation into the variations of moisture content of two buildings constructed with light earth walls

Goodhew, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-1227-217X, Griffiths, R. and Morgan, C., 2005. Investigation into the variations of moisture content of two buildings constructed with light earth walls. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 11 (4), pp. 147-156.

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Abstract

This paper briefly describes the background to light earth buildings and details a series of moisture measurements undertaken upon the clay and straw, (light earth) constructed walls of two UK based buildings. The methodology of measurement that was based upon previous studies undertaken on walls made from straw bales is described. A novel ‘in-wall’ wet heating system used in one of the two buildings allows the investigation of the effects of direct wall heating upon the distribution of moisture in the walls. The influence of exterior and interior temperature and humidity are described as are the variations in moisture migration introduced by the in-wall heating system. It was concluded that both buildings have exterior wall moisture content readings that indicate little risk of degradation due to interior wall moisture levels (although the Studio walls do exhibit higher and if suffered over long time periods, dangerous moisture readings for part of the measurement period).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Architectural Engineering
Creators: Goodhew, S., Griffiths, R. and Morgan, C.
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Date: 2005
Volume: 11
Number: 4
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10.1061/(ASCE)1076-0431(2005)11:4(147)DOI
Rights: © ASCE 2005
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6145

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