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Building Science: Air-Vapor Moisture Physics
Building Science online slide show presentation describes the theory behind air-vapor moisture diffusion and condensation, problems caused, and solutions. (PDF)

Building Science: Confusion About Diffusion
Building Science says diffusion is supposed to be easy, but what we call diffusion isn’t diffusion anyway; it’s a combination of diffusion, capillarity and surface diffusion with simultaneous flows of varying magnitudes sometimes in opposite directions. All the action happens at the surface.

Building Science: Fundamentals Of Moisture
Building Science online slide show describes the fundamentals of moisture. (PDF)

Building Science: It's All Relative
Building Science describes how relative humidity matters to materials more than most of us appreciate.

Construction Instruction: Animation of Capillary Action
Construction Instruction online animation shows how capillary action takes place.

Construction Instruction: Moisture Diffusion In A Wall In Summer
Construction Instruction online animation shows how moisture diffuses through a wall in summer.

Construction Instruction: Moisture Diffusion In A Wall In Winter
Construction Instruction online animation shows how moisture diffuses through a wall in winter.

Energy Vanguard: Are You Making This Mistake With Humidity?
Energy Vanguard explains that dew point or saturation has nothing to do with the dry air component. It's all about the water vapor and the temperature of the air, which is a mixture of dry air and water vapor.

Energy Vanguard: Best Indoor Relative Humidity In Winter
Energy Vanguard discusses what the best indoor relative humidity is in winter.

Energy Vanguard: Fan Setting Can Increase RH & Cost You Money
Energy Vanguard explains how changing the air conditioner fan setting from auto to on can cause an increase in relative humidity.

Energy Vanguard: Hydrophilic, Hydrophobic, Hygroscopic Materials
Energy Vanguard shares three cool videos about hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and hygroscopic materials.

Energy Vanguard: Introduction To Physics Of Water In Porous Materials
Energy Vanguard looks at the physics of water in porous materials. You'll also learn about the fourth state of water, the one that's not liquid, not solid, and not vapor.

Energy Vanguard: Moisture Transport, Sorption Isotherms
Energy Vanguard looks at the fourth state of water, not liquid, not vapor, and not solid, and how that physics affects the transport of water through porous materials.

Energy Vanguard: Relative Humidity, Cold Air Is Dry Air
Energy Vanguard says relative humidity can be a bit confusing, especially when the temperatures drop.

Energy Vanguard: The Problem With Relative Humidity
Energy Vanguard says when calculating relative humidity you really need to know both the humidity and the temperature.

GBA: Moisture Sources, Relative Humidity, Mold
Green Building Advisor explains relative humidity, and common sources of moisture in a home.

US DOE: Moisture Flow & Its Effects On The House
Building America Solution Center describes the basics of moisture and its effects on the house system, and how geographic location and house type can affect choices of moisture control strategies. It covers four different moisture transport mechanisms and the effects of that moisture flow: bulk water movement; capillary action; air transported moisture; vapor diffusion.
Procedures

GBA: Simple Ways To Understand & Calculate Dew-Point
Green Building Advisor demystifies the psychrometric chart and gives some simple rules of thumb for reliable, easy ways to avoid condensation in walls. It shows how you don't really have to perform dew-point calculations.
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