Condensation control for new homes

Condensation is defined as the process where water in the air transforms into liquid water when warm air comes into contact with a cold surface below the “dew point”. The dew point is a temperature which varies depending on the temperature and humidity of the warm air. A simple demonstration of this is the water droplets that form on the surface of a bottle of a cold drink on a hot day. The hot air hits the surface of the bottle which may be at around 6°C and the water in the air condensates on the bottle.

Controlling Condensation

Condensation forms when the warm air hits a cold surface

Condensation can also occur in homes due to the vapour that is created by showers, cooking, kettles and everyday living. In colder parts of Australia, care needs to be taken to ensure this warm air condensates on the outside of the home and not within the living areas.

Insulating walls and ceilings helps to keep the internal linings above the dew point, but vapour can pass through painted plasterboard and insulation. Where vapour barrier products are used (such as traditional wall wraps or sarking materials), care needs to be taken to ensure these linings don’t allow condensation to form on their internal face, as this can lead to water forming on structural members like timber framing and can lead to problems with the formation of mould and mildew.

A way to address this issue is to install vapour permeable membranes (wall wraps and sarkings) in regions where this is deemed a concern. Bradford has a range of vapour permeable products marketed under the Enviroseal Proctorwrap range which can be used instead of our traditional Thermoseal products. 

Conversely, where metal roofing is used, installing Bradford Anticon roofing blanket allows the internal foil face to be insulated from the roof sheet above it, reducing the risk it will reach the dew point. 

Ventilating the attic space is also good practice as a way of removing warm, moist air from attic spaces, and ducting bathroom exhausts, range hoods and other appliances that generate warm, moist air to the outside is strongly recommended.

To learn more about which parts of Australia are most susceptible to condensation issues please contact CSR Bradford technical specialists or refer to the Enviroseal ProctorWrap Healthy Buildings Brochure.

A highly vapour permeable, tough, light duty wall wrap for use as a sarking in timber and steel frame wall construction.
A range of wall wrap products provide a secondary protective skin to your home which can reduce draughts and help make your home more comfortable.
A range of reflective foil insulation products which, when combined with Bradford Gold Insulation, can improve thermal comfort by reducing radiant heat transfer entering your home.
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Designed specifically for metal roofs, Bradford Anticon combines Bradford glasswool blanket with an impermeable foil facing, that protects your home from the condensation that can form under metal roofs.
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