EPA Publishes Practical Guidance for Moisture Control in Buildings

Published January 29, 2014

A recent EPA publication provides practical guidance on how to control moisture in buildings for professionals who design, build, operate, or maintain buildings as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment. The publication contains information on the basics of water behavior in buildings, the health implications of dampness in buildings, designing effective moisture controls, constructing to prevent moisture problems, and operating and maintaining moisture-controlled environments. The appendices include further tools to help professionals evaluate the effectiveness of moisture control in buildings, including a roof inspection checklist, an HVAC inspection checklist, and checklists for various site drainage features such as dry wells and pervious pavement areas.

“Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction and Maintenance” is available for download from EPA’s IAQ Science Resources Web page.