Diagnosing and Solving Moisture Problems in Natatoriums|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 1 of 6

October 30, 2008
Publication: Building Design & Construction
Author(s): Sean OBrien

Online content only|Abstract: Natatoriums, particularly when located in cold climates, are among the most challenging building types for architects and engineers. Interior moisture levels are extremely high, with dew points ranging from 60°F to 70°F. At these levels, even natatoriums in mild climates are susceptible to moisture-related problems. Issues typically encountered in natatoriums are co ndensation on interior surfaces, condensation within walls and roofs, and corrosion of interior components.|This column diagnoses these three issues and provides design guidance on how to avoid them.