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In connection with our research and development work at Building Science Laboratories, we supply a variety of sensors and research equipment to other building scientists. These components are designed for a range of research purposes and this allows us to provide a high level of customization, from specific lead lengths and materials on sensors to completely custom-designed and even novel equipment for specific projects. We also provide training and technical support services to help you get the most out of our equipment. Learn more, place an order, or request a quote at the Building Science Labs Store.

Freeze-Thaw Risk Assessment for Masonry Retrofits

Our work on freeze-thaw damage combines field observations and lab work to improve the way risk is assessed.

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When masonry walls are too wet during freezing spells, freeze-thaw damage can occur; insulation on the inside raises this risk by making masonry colder and less able to dry. However, careful assessment can help building owners manage risk and make informed decisions about whether and how to retrofit. Together with Building Science Corporation and other partners, we have been engaged in developing a flexible, data-informed approach to such assessment. More information about our research is available here.

The Vancouver Test Hut

An investigation into moisture-related challenges in the Pacific Northwest climate of coastal British Columbia.

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Now in Phase IV, the Vancouver Test Hut project is a multi-year research initiative that aims to gain a deeper understanding of how different wall assemblies perform in a Pacific Northwest climate. Results from this project help to explain why the Vancouver condo crisis occurred and also suggest best practices for the future. The “hut” referred to is a private full-scale environmental field-testing facility in Coquitlam, British Columbia, near Vancouver and in the same climate zone as Seattle. Real-world measured data from this facility provides a scientific basis for practice and supports practical, higher-performance alternatives to standard wall designs. Further details about the project, the facility, and the research results can be found at buildingscience.com.

The Thermal Metric Project

A multi-year test program to develop a new metric for the thermal performance of whole wall assemblies.

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The R-value is an effective and well-established metric for describing the thermal performance of building materials. However, it cannot accurately measure assembly performance. The Thermal Metric project builds on research into the measurement of thermal performance in whole wall assemblies, using a specialized double-guarded hot box that was designed, built, and operated by the team at Building Science Laboratories. Further details about the project and equipment can be found at buildingscience.com.