🏡🧪 The Build Science Behind Durability

“If a building doesn’t last, it doesn’t matter.”

Why it matters: Designing and building homes that hold up to the challenges of Mother Nature IS the job of the architect and builder.

🥊 The bottom line: Water kills buildings.

  • But using the right practices and materials can keep the water out.

🔭 Zoom out: Have you ever traveled and seen buildings that are hundreds or thousands of years old and wondered why we can’t seem build anything that lasts?

  • Older buildings had several advantages in terms of durability.
  • Walls and roofs were built in a way that air moved in and out of the building more rapidly.
  • The solid lumber that was used could dry if it got wet — manufactured products like OSB and MDF don’t dry like that.
  • Heating was usually accomplished with large fireplaces, which would dry out the roof and walls — like a kiln.

🤔 If the old methods led to more durable buildings, why don’t we still build that way?

  • Control — it’s only by building air tight and well insulated buildings with the right HVAC systems that we can condition our spaces like we want.
  • This leads to better comfort, health and energy efficiency.
  • It also means we need the right water management strategy.

✅ For your Smart Homeowner list

  • The question you should ask your contractor whenever you’re having work done on your house is
  • Where does the water go?



This content is a summary of Episode 2 of The Build Show Network’s free 10 unit series called “Build Science 101.”

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