ASTM WK41557

    New Guide for Documentation of Hygrothermal Models for Moisture Control Design in Building Envelopes

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide offers guidance for the characterization and use of hygrothermal models for moisture control design of building envelopes. In this context, hygrothermal models refers to the application of a mathematical model to the solution of a specific heat and moisture flow performance issue or problem. Hygrothermal models are used to predict and evaluate design considerations for the short-term and long-term thermal and moisture performance of building envelopes. 1.2 Each hygrothermal model has specific capabilities and limitations. Determining the most appropriate hygrothermal model for a particular application requires a thorough analysis of the problem at hand, understanding the required transport processes involved, and available resources to conduct the analysis. Users of this guide can describe the functionality of the hygrothermal model used in an analysis in a consistent manner. 1.3 This guide applies to hygrothermal models that range from complex research tools to simple design tools. This guide provides a protocol for matching the analysis needs and the capabilities of candidate models. 1.4 This guide applies to the use of models that include all or part of the following thermal and moisture storage and transport phenomena: (1) heat storage of dry and wet building materials, (2) heat transport by moisture-dependant thermal conduction, (3) phase change phenomena (for example, evaporation and condensation), (4) heat transport by air convection, (5) moisture retention by vapor adsorption and capillary forces, (6) moisture transport by vapor diffusion (molecular and effusion), (7) moisture transport by liquid transport (surface diffusion and capillary flow), and (8) moisture (vapor) transport by air convection. 1.5 This guide does not apply to cases requiring analysis of the following: (1) convection that occurs in a three-dimensional manner or through holes and cracks; (2) hydraulic, osmotic, or electrophoretic forces; (3) salt or other solute transport; or (4) material properties that change with age. 1.6 This guide intends to provide guidance regarding reliability of input and how the corresponding results can be affected as well as a format for determining such information. 1.7 The values given in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. 1.8 This guide offers an organized characterization of hygrothermal models and does not recommend a specific course of action. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a projects many unique aspects. The word Standard in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM International consensus process.

    Hygrothermal modeling is increaseing in use in the construction design community, but has not been standardized. This is the first of a series of standards seeking to do that.


    Hygrothermal Modeling, Computer Simulation

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Harri Mikael Salonvaara


    E06 (16-01)

    Ballot Item Approved as E3054-2016 and Pending Publication