Buildings are designed and built to serve several purposes and achieve a variety of performance goals. The main focus of these design and built goals meant to reduce moisture ingress, provide a safe and healthy indoor environment with thermal performance of the building envelope.
To achieve these goals we provide an holistic service in the built environment addressing the fundamental requirements in meeting building objectives and achieving performance & sustainability.
Aesthetics & energy have become important aspects of most buildings but pay little regard to moisture movement and indoor health. Moisture and indoor health is a growing concern, further exacerbated by the tight building syndrome. Moisture is known to be the most destructive element within the built environment causing building failure through decay & mould growth.
Mould: The Key to Mould Prevention is Moisture Control
Mould is only a symptom of an underlying problem, its the effect of a cause and that is moisture. Occupants need to address the cause to reduce the effect which is mould growth. We can never get rid of mould spores as it is part of the eco system. Addressing the mould its self is a band-aid treatment, and the toxic chemicals used to clean mould growth can be an health hazard especially to people with respiratory problems. Mould spores need temperature, food source (organic materials) and moisture. The first two cannot be eliminated but moisture can be controlled.
Apart from physical water damage, occupant behaviour can also be an important attribute in reducing mould growth by addressing ventilation (allowing air flow into the building), controlling bathroom humidity,cooking steam and most notablly in cupboards with clothes stacked not allowing air flow increasing dew point temperature (dewpoint temperature is, when air can no longer hold the water in its vapour state which condenses into liquid water).
Considering aesthetics at the same time with moisture ingress, indoor health and thermal performance would deliver a comfortable, healthy and lasting investment.
We provide our services to building designers, engineers, home owners and property managers for new and existing buildings in finding and addressing the Source of Leaks and Condensation, assisting with indoor Health and Thermal Performance of the building envelope.