The moisture buffer capacity of hygroscopic materials can be used to moderate the relative humidity of indoor air as well as moisture content variations in building materials and furnishing. Since moisture plays a significant role in the development of many processes that affect the quality of the indoor air, such as growth of house dust mites, emissions from materials and mould growth it is anticipated that the moisture buffer effect can help to ensure healthier indoor environments. The building materials as well as furniture and other furnishing materials exposed to the indoor air will contribute to the moisture buffer capacity of the room. There is few studies made on the impact of furnishing materials in comparison with traditional building materials this paper will present such a study conducted in a full scale climate test cell. A series of experiments have been carried out in a climate test cell to show the moisture buffer performance of various furnishing objects. The objects will be exposed to cyclic humidity variations like in an inhabited indoor environment, and the response of the indoor humidity will be followed over time. It will be a step-by-step investigation starting with an empty room and going towards a fully decorated room. Comparisons are made with previous studies covering traditional building materials and calculations. The study shows that the furnishings have to be included in the understanding of the moisture buffering performance of a room and that more material data in this area is needed.
|Title of host publication||Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings IX|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||Moisture Buffer Performance of a Fully Furnished Room - Clearwater, Florida|
Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …
|Conference||Moisture Buffer Performance of a Fully Furnished Room|
|Period||01/01/2004 → …|