THIS MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE YOU WILL EVER READ BEFORE YOU DESIGN YOUR NEXT HOUSING PROJECT ARCHITECTS ARE JUST NOT LISTENING BUILDERS DON’T CARE
“CONDENSATION ENERGY EFFICIENCIES UNWANTED COMPANION”
“Serious damage to buildings from condensation is increasing in Australia as building envelopes are made air tight and thermal insulation is installed to increase energy efficiency”.
A CORRUGATED ROOF WITHOUT EFFECTIVE VENTILATION IS LIKE PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH A FULL MAGAZINE
We are receiving emails every day regarding condensation raining in roofs, bedrooms and down walls due to condensation from houses designed without ventilation and many emails from architects with big condensation problems. A lot of problems stem from low roof pitch however most are due to the fact that the houses have been over insulated without any thought to natural ventilation in the roof space. The majority of these are corrugated roofs however some are tile, most are new houses. In one situation a brand new home, the condensation was dripping all over their bed.
IT COULD BE RAINING IN YOUR ROOF THIS COULD BE COSTLY
We have heard of cases where litigation is in the 100’s of thousands of dollars. One such case in 2009 was in Sydney where the occupant had commissioned a $600,000 extension after returning from an overseas trip the house was locked up for several weeks when the owner opened the front door she was greeted with wet floors and pungent odour, the walls and ceilings were sprouting fungus when the manhole was opened water cascaded out like a waterfall the insulation was sodden, rendered useless by the failure to ventilate the roof space. They expected the cost of the renovation to double to make it habitable again. This was a tiled roof with sarking.
CONDENSATION THRIVES VIGOROUSLY IN MODERN HOMES
As far back as 1999 Mr Larry Little, Chief of CSIRO Building Construction and Engineering said: “Australian homes are a major contributor to greenhouse gasses and sick building syndrome. Some of today’s new homes are sealed so well to keep them cool in summer and warm in winter that fresh air change may not occur it’s time we moved back to natural ventilation”.
OBVIOUSLY NO ONE BOTHERED TO LISTEN
The full report is on our website www.universaltileventilators.com.au
CONDENSATION THE ENEMY WITHIN
After the major condensation problems experienced in the home in Sydney
THE CALL WAS “SOMETHING MUST BE DONE”.
“The Australian Institute of Architects Building Advisory Service, Archicentre and Master Builders raised concerns about the problem” of condensation and thermal overkill.
The Archicentre and MBA raised concerns but what have they done since that report regarding condensation and the need for effective ventilation in the roof space.
Builders will scam out of the expense and if forced to will reluctantly put one whirlybird in the roof just to shut someone up. This will do nothing for the condensation problems in the roof space. Whirlybirds don’t work see Case Study on this website www.universaltileventilators.com.au for full report available on request testing done by Deakin University.
There are a hand full of builders and architects whom understand the need for ventilation of the roof space and strongly recommend to their clients the needs for proper roof ventilation.
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE UNWANTED COMPANION IN THE ROOF SPACE DUE TO CONDENSATION
Damage to the roof cavity: Structural damage, dry rot to timber insulation can trap moisture reducing the R value with the trapped moisture resulting in ceiling damage creating the perfect environment for termites and all the following allergy problems.
Moisture in the roof cavity can contribute to allergy problems: asthma, fungal infections, sick building syndrome due to growth of bacteria, mildew, mould ie: mould fungus growing in poorly ventilated spaces travel through the air in tiny spoors triggering allergic responses. The film star Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia it is suspected that this was due to toxic mould in her apartment, her husband died six months later from the same causes. This is why ceiling vents should be ducted through the roof to the outside atmosphere, not dumping insulation fibres and other sinister airborne particles into the enclosed space.
I REITERATE EVERY DAY WE RECEIVE EMAILS REGARDING CONDENSATION PROBLEMS
The need for proper ventilation in all buildings is insurmountable. It is obvious from the way some of the people explain their condensation problems and the way that Australia is going with building practices condensation will be a big winner for attorneys through litigation. It could be you.
Our ventilation systems are actually systems working 24/7 to remove heat and condensation from the roof space no other ventilator can do this no other ventilator is a system in itself with inlets and outlets these are proven systems. Whirlybirds no matter what size or whatever is inside them they do not work at all, any type of ridge vent does not work.
If you understand ventilation at all you will understand the basic physics you will know to remove the problem of condensation you will need a ventilation system that uses the basic principles of fluid dynamics our products have proven to do this and all increasingly being specified by smart architects. You can see our products on www.universaltileventialtors.com.au.
Anything else is a compromise!
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot