Adventures in Radon & Moisture Mitigation

July/August 2014
A version of this article appears in the July/August 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 02, 2014
My recent attendance at a Building Science Fundamentals seminar given by Joe Lstiburek and John Straube has motivated me to tell the story of my own basement. I am an architect, a professed defender of the health, safety, and welfare of society, and yet I essentially, and avoidably, poisoned myself and my family for six years due to my insufficient understanding and awareness of airflow patterns and moisture migration in my home. I tell this story in a sincere bid to help other homeowners avoid the same fate, and because it has the elements of a good Greek tragedy, like hamartia and hubris. Since I live in the South, it also has the elements of a good country song: dogs, a truck, and a baby for good measure.

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