As a manufacturer of measuring instruments for a wide range of industrial and commercialapplications, TESTO is interested not just in supplying users with a particular instrument, but also inhelping them meet their specific needs, i.e. carrying out their measuring tasks. The field guides that TESTO has been publishing for several years have become useful sources of reference for users of measurement technology. While the building services sector has already beencovered in this series of guides (heating engineering and air-conditioning), guides for other problemsassociated with buildings, such as moisture and discomfort, have been lacking. Even before the TESTO ACADEMY was established, demand was such that it was decided to offer seminars - for acharge and independent of any brand - for the building industry with the aim of helping users identifymeasuring tasks and carry them out properly. In these seminars, which were constantly expanded,the hope was sometimes expressed that the learning material could be supplemented andcondensed into written form and made available as a handbook. We are happy to respond to thisrequest by publishing this guide.Because of the lack of opportunity to swap experience and perform practical exercises, this guidecannot replace any seminar. Nevertheless, we hope that this book will be widely distributed so thatmeasuring techniques are applied efficiently and correctly, building defects are located quickly andthe causes of damage can be clearly demonstrated.Our speaker at the building moisture seminars and symposia, Martin Giebeler of Zwingenberg,collaborated closely in shaping the content of this guide. The guide is aimed at managers of apartment complexes, expert inspectors, planners andengineers and companies providing measurement and building drying services. We would like toencourage the use of measurement technology wherever it is helpful. That requires familiarity withthe possibilities and the limits of its proper use. This guide is intended to play its part in that process.It also offers information that would go far beyond the scope of the operating instructions for analy-sers.What is missing? What has not been dealt with intensively enough? We welcome your ideas,amendments and suggestions for how this guide can be improved. They will be considered in thenext issue.
The Board of DirectorsBurkart Knospe Lothar Walleser