AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 107
Moisture Evaluations in Green and LEED Construction

introductory | 1.34 CM Points/ 8 Contact Hours/ 1.0 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60

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Construction Sites/Industry, Green Building/LEED

One must not ignore the laws of nature in today’s building environment. Many “green” building materials are sustainable products that can quickly deteriorate while in use if not installed or maintained properly. This PDC offers guidance to attendees to assure that the selection, installation and maintenance of new materials are done correctly and presents ways to show building owners and occupants how to avoid long-term problems such as mold and water damage.

Buildings are now constructed using lightweight materials that rely on sealants and coatings to keep a structure weather tight. Often, the life span of these products range from several years to decades and applications, maintenance, and exposures may cause premature deterioration. Roofs and walls are critical factors in a building’s health and building owners may not have the expertise to accomplish upkeep. Technical specifications of sealants and coatings can be evaluated and integrated into building maintenance manuals, studied when damages exist and used to guide owners when they are bidding on construction or upkeep activities. The importance of communicating how to maintain a watertight building envelope can be used in Indoor Air Quality evaluations and reports for the benefit of the IH and the owner.

In this PDC commissioning tools, instructions on how to develop a manual (for the owner and maintenance staff) and training for proper building use will be covered. The end goal will be to improve relationships, add value to services and avoid material breakdowns.

Have an interest in Building Sciences and LEED Commissioning

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize existing and new technologies used to evaluate a building structure and its functional elements with respect to water damage and mold growth.
  • Cite tools, examples and methods used to estimate air infiltration rates and to calculate water vapor intrusion.
  • Discuss the use of wireless sensors to obtain and display data on how the building is functioning.
  • Describe water content and damages to building materials/contents including assemblies of recycled material used in Green Construction.
  • Explain the role of psychrometric tools and the effects of condensation, moisture and vapor.
  • Review methods used to assist owners in obtaining and retaining LEED credits for architectural and mechanical elements.


  • Ignoring the Laws of Nature: One building’s story
  • The construction process outlined from concept to commissioning
  • Analysis of assemblies and materials to assure longevity
  • Developing evaluation tools and models for obtaining LEED credits for energy and atmosphere (EA 1, EA 3, CxA) and for commissioning purposes
  • Reviewing a construction IAQ and moisture management plan and communicating it to clients
  • Discussion and problem solving session

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download