The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that 40% of a building’s energy consumption is spent on cooling or heating the building alone. When air leakages introduce moisture to the building, the work load of HVAC systems is increased. Un-vented moisture changes the temperature of the building, making HVAC systems work harder to maintain the right room temperatures and consuming more energy as a result.
Waterproofing contractors install waterproofing systems that prioritize the walls as the first line of defense. The structural material of the walls dictates the barrier to be installed — whether heat, moisture, air, vapor, or a combination of these barrier types. These barriers prevent moisture in the form or rain or wind from coming in, resisting the loss of thermal energy, conserving energy as a result.
Compliance to Existing Building Codes
Waterproofing buildings and facilities is one of the requirements for compliance to existing building codes such as the International Building Code (IBC), and in state and local jurisdictions. Building codes address the need for waterproofing systems to keep the buildings safe from air and moisture damages. Waterproofing contractors use compliant products, materials and practices to adhere to these building codes.