Hygrothermal analysis provides information about the movement of moisture, heat, and airflow through your building's enclosed space, such as through floors and wall assemblies. This is achieved by modeling existing or proposed assemblies digitally and running calculations to determine how heat and moisture transfer will be affected by natural and realistic weather conditions. This is actioned using either THERM analysis or WUFI® analysis depending on the specific needs of the building. Both enable the user to evaluate the efficiency of a building's existing construction or evaluate proposed building enclosure designs to predict problems related to condensation, weakened structural integrity, and moisture damage.
Conducting hygrothermal analysis enables you to identify key performance criteria related to your building in vastly important areas. Doing so can help you create strategies for ensuring the positive upkeep of your building. Building owners, developers, property managers, architects, engineers, and contractors can all utilize hygrothermal analysis to model their building's assemblies and take an accurate, in-depth look at the impact that can be expected because of temperature, heat transfer, dew points, condensation, and mold growth.
● Temperature. Identify temperature differences between interior and exterior surfaces.
● Heat Transfer. Measure how heat transfers between different areas of your space.
● Dew Points. Calculate dew point potential during specific temperature or humidity ranges.
● Condensation. Predict condensation and identify any at-risk assemblies to act on.
● Mold Growth. Predict mold growth over the long-term and throughout seasonal changes.
Both hygrothermal analysis tools can provide insight into the performance of wall and floor assemblies and allow you to act on any potential problems before they become larger. These analyses serve as an early detection method and can help you extend the life of your building by calculating appropriate action in advance.
A THERM analysis uses efficient modeling ability to calculate the amount of heat transfer occurring at windows and provide information on condensation risk, temperature fluctuation between assemblies, and more. Assemblies can be drawn within the application or input as DFX files and then modeled.
A WUFI® analysis focuses more directly on moisture and condensation and can offer accurate predictions in terms of potential and time frames of moisture and condensation development and amount expected. WUFI® is excellent for calculating thermal performance over time and includes an extensive database of materials that you can use in modeling simulations.
CANY boasts a team of professional building envelope experts with different backgrounds that help to shine a light on various situations that you may encounter with your existing building or new development. We understand the value that hygrothermal analysis can bring to your building and offer both THERM analysis and WUFI® analysis to help you identify weak points and potential issues with regards to the design and construction of building enclosure systems. We can also provide professional services for building enclosure design consultation, repairs / preservation, COM check / energy analysis, FISP Investigations, and more to help you successfully manage your buildings at a higher level. We like to be smart when it comes to buildings, and we're ready to help you protect your investment and / or new developments. Contact us today for more information.