With oil prices soaring and talk about "going green" on everyone's lips these days, homeowners and developers alike are making an effort to button up homes to keep warm air in and cold air out.
But those efforts to increase comfort levels while decreasing fuel consumption may be wreaking havoc in places that no one sees.
Moisture, it seems, has a knack for finding its way into the cavity between the interior and exterior walls of a building. And modern, energy-conscious building techniques, combined with owner efforts to stop annoying drafts, traps that moisture, offering little opportunity to dry out.
The result: rot and mold.
Not a pretty thought, to be sure — but one that industry professionals like Ralph E. Noblin, PE, of Noblin & Associates, L. C., Consulting Engineers, are seeing with increasing frequency.