通过收集的数据，我们发现新西兰的许多建筑都受到了湿气问题的影响。这个问题变得无法简单地避免。建设企业有必要积极应对。”湿度管理在建筑施工和维护中是很重要的。正如研究指出的那样，“避免过度的水分积累和波动对于依赖木结构框架来提高结构强度的建筑尤其重要——新西兰的大多数住宅建筑都是如此”(Holyoake, 2011, p.1)。
The engineering problem that was present in the site was the need to control moisture as some areas were to be kept dry. An old house was renovated and during the renovation we had to take care not to introduce more moisture in the house. Some of the existing timber used in construction was replaced, but core structures were not touched, and we had to complete our work by taking care not to induce moisture during the process of construction. Some areas showed signs of moisture damage and the beginning of a mould growth.
It was identified through the collected data that many buildings in New Zealand suffer because of this moisture issue. The problem becomes one that cannot simply be avoided. It is necessary for construction companies to proactively plan for the problem and handle it. Moisture management is important in the construction and maintenance of buildings. As studies note, “The avoidance of excessive moisture accumulation and fluctuation is especially important for buildings relying on timber framing for their structural strength – as is the case for the majority of residential buildings in New Zealand” (Holyoake, 2011, p.1).
I was able to collect some data on reports of how home leaking problems have been caused in existing construction sites that when not addressed in time leads to as much as a two hundred and forty-million-dollar repair bill later. Staying proactive and assessing construction as and when necessary will help improve quality and will reduce unwanted expenses to the client later. As much as 5,810 properties were register with New Zealand Government’s Weathertight Homes Resolution Service in the last decade and the amount would definitely be higher in current times.
We had to work on our site issues to ensure that we did not introduce moisture. The introduction of moisture could damage the structural strength of the building. When moisture is introduced into constructions, then this could be a way for fungi and insects to enter the place. Pine is what we use in the site and this is highly susceptible to being destroyed by infestation. The moisture introduction when done even in small amounts had the capacity of lowering the overall thermal insulation. This then becomes a cyclical process where the heat insulation reduction will lead to much higher instability. The existing building faults could then start to expand and contract. One problem could hence trigger many. More specifically, moulds, fungi and bacteria that will grow will not just destroy the structural strength of the building; it could actually wreak havoc on the health of the person. The issue hence was not just connected with use delivering something for the environment where people were going to live, but it could have a potential impact on their health itself, and hence, we were to be twice as careful on the issues.