Does Greenland need a guideline on how to deal with moisture in the construction phase?

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Abstract

Damage to buildings seen in Denmark tends with some delay to turn up in Greenland. This makes it relevant to study buildings with moisture-related problems in Denmark and how they are dealt with in the Danish Building Regulations to prevent the problems from being copied in Greenland. As the requirements concerning moisture control are function-based, the construction client and the authorities are entrusted with interpreting requirements in a specific case, which caused the introduction of a guideline based on humidity risk classes. This paper presents the Danish requirements and guideline and gives examples of moisture-related problems in buildings in Greenland. Requirements and guidelines are needed in Greenland in order to deal with moisture in the construction phase, but as the conditions for constructing houses and the way that houses are used in Greenland are different from Denmark, an adaptation to the specific conditions in Greenland is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Artek Event 2012: Challenges for the Arctic Building Industry, Sisimiut, Greenland, 13-14 March 2012
EditorsIngrid Vernimmen
PublisherArctic Technology Centre- DTU, Technical University of Denmark
Publication dateMar 2012
Pages117-124
ISBN (Print)9788778773340
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
EventArtek Event 2012 - Sisimiut, Greenland
Duration: 13 Mar 201214 Mar 2012

Conference

ConferenceArtek Event 2012
CountryGreenland
CitySisimiut
Period13/03/201214/03/2012
SeriesBYGDTU Report
NumberR-252
ISSN1601-2917

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