Appendix A: Mold Growth Index Data

The following plots show the mold growth index plots for Walls 1 through 4, both in Minneapolis and International Falls. All plots show the effect of pressures variation (±3 Pa, 0 Pa), and cover two years of weather data (starting at July 1 as day 0). The schematics below show the approximate physical location of the mold growth index plots. It is sampled at the interior face of the sheathing, slightly below the leakage “slot.”
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G Y P S U M

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Data Point for Mold Growth Analysis

Y(m)

1.5

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0.5

0.25

0.5

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Figure A.1: Location of mold growth index plots in wall assembly

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The vertical axis of these plots is the mold growth index; qualitative descriptions are shown below. Table 2 (Repeated): Mold Index Values and Description Index 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Descriptive meaning No growth Some growth detected only with microscope Moderate growth detected with microscope Some growth detected visually Visually detected coverage more than 10% Visually detected coverage more than 50% Visually detected coverage 100%

Table of Figures (Appendix A): Figure A.1: Location of mold growth index plots in wall assembly .................................. 1 Figure A.2: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, low moisture rate, Minneapolis.................... 3 Figure A.3: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, high moisture rate, Minneapolis................... 3 Figure A.4: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, low moisture rate, International Falls .......... 4 Figure A.5: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, high moisture rate, International Falls ......... 4 Figure A.6: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, low moisture rate, Minneapolis.................... 5 Figure A.7: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, high moisture rate, Minneapolis................... 5 Figure A.8: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, low moisture rate, International Falls .......... 6 Figure A.9: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, high moisture rate, International Falls ......... 6 Figure A.10: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, low moisture rate, Minneapolis.................. 7 Figure A.11: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, high moisture rate, Minneapolis................. 7 Figure A.12: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, low moisture rate, International Falls ........ 8 Figure A.13: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, high moisture rate, International Falls ....... 8 Figure A.14: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, low moisture rate, Minneapolis.................. 9 Figure A.15: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, high moisture rate, Minneapolis................. 9 Figure A.16: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, low moisture rate, International Falls ...... 10 Figure A.17: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, high moisture rate, International Falls ..... 10

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Wall 1
Low Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.2: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, low moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 1
High Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.3: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, high moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 1
Low Inside Moisture Levels International Falls MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.4: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, low moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 1
High Inside Moisture Levels International Falls MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.5: Mold Growth Index for Wall 1, high moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 2
Low Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.6: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, low mo isture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 2
High Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.7: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, high moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 2
Low Inside Moisture Levels International Falls MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.8: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, low moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 2
High Inside Moisture Levels International Falls

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.9: Mold Growth Index for Wall 2, high moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 3
Low Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.10: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, low moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 3
High Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

4

2

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa
0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.11: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, high moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 3
Low Inside Moisture Levels International Falls MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.12: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, low moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 3
High Inside Moisture Levels International Falls

MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

4

2

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa
0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.13: Mold Growth Index for Wall 3, high moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 4
Low Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.14: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, low moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 4
High Inside Moisture Levels Minneapolis MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

4

2

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa
0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.15: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, high moisture rate, Minneapolis

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Wall 4
Low Inside Moisture Levels International Falls MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa

4

2

0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.16: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, low moisture rate, International Falls

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Wall 4
High Inside Moisture Levels International Falls

MOLD GROWTH INDEX (-)

4

2

0 Pa 3 Pa Minus 3Pa
0 0 200 400 600 800

Time (days)

Figure A.17: Mold Growth Index for Wall 4, high moisture rate, International Falls

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Appendix B: Hygrothermal Performance Comparisons
The following figures plot the moisture content in either sheathing or insulation, varying wall types and moisture generation rates. The International Falls weather location was used, and in all cases using pressurization, a pressure of +3 Pa (overpressurization) was used, acting 33% of the day. Table of Figures (Appendix B):
Figure B.1: Insulation layer hygrothermal performance as a function of interior moisture load and with (Wall 1) or without 6-mil poly (Wall 2).......................................................................................................... 11 Figure B.2: Insulation layer hygrothermal performance as a function of exterior sheathing board, and interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2, Wall 3, Wall 4 have no 6-mil poly sheet). ................................ 12 Figure B.3: Total water in sheathing board as a function of type of exterior sheathing board, and interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2, Wall 3, Wall 4 have no 6-mil poly sheet). .............................................. 12 Figure B.4: Total water in insulation as a function of type of interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2 had no 6-mil poly sheet) and airtightness.................................................................................................................... 13 Figure B.5: Total water in sheathing board (OSB or Fiberboard) as a function of type of interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2 had no 6-mil poly sheet) and airtightness............................................................ 13

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W all 1 (International Falls, High Moisture) W all 2 (International Falls, High Moisture) W all 1 (International Falls, Low Moisture) W all 2 (International Falls, Low Moisture)

Total Water in Insulation (kg/m)

5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 0.0 100.0

200.0

300.0

400.0

500.0

600.0

700.0

Time(d)
Figure B.1: Insulation layer hygrothermal performance as a function of interior moisture load and with (Wall 1) or without 6-mil poly (Wall 2).

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Wall1 (International Falls, High Interior,OSB) Wall2 (International Falls, High Interior,OSB) Wall3 (International Falls, High Interior,Fiberboard) Wall4 (International Falls, High Interior,Fiberboard)

Total Water in Insulation Layer (kg/m)

7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700

Time (days)
Figure B.2: Insulation layer hygrothermal performance as a function of exterior sheathing board, and interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2, Wall 3, Wall 4 have no 6-mil poly sheet).
Wall1 (International Falls, High Interior,OSB) Wall2 (International Falls, High Interior,OSB) Wall3 (International Falls, High Interior,Fiberboard) Wall4 (International Falls, High Interior,Fiberboard)

Total Water in Sheathing Layer (kg/m)

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700

Time (days)
Figure B.3: Total water in sheathing board as a function of type of exterior sheathing board, and interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2, Wall 3, Wall 4 have no 6-mil poly sheet).

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Wall 1 (International Falls, High Moisture) Wall 2 (International Falls, High Moisture) Wall 1 (International Falls, High Moisture, Air T ight) Wall 2 (International Falls, High Moisture, Air T ight)

Total Water in Insulation (kg/m)

6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 0.0
July 1

100.0

200.0

300.0

400.0
July 1

500.0

600.0

700.0
July 1

Time(d)

Figure B.4: Total water in insulation as a function of type of interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2 had no 6-mil poly sheet) and airtightness.

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Total Water in Sheathing (kg/m)

3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 0.0
July 1 Wall 1 (International Falls, High Moisture, 3Pa) Wall 2 (International Falls, High Moisture, 3Pa) Wall 1 (International Falls, High Moisture, Air Tight) Wall 2 (International Falls, High Moisture, Air Tight)

100.0

200.0

300.0

400.0
July 1

500.0

600.0

700.0
July 1

Time(d)

Figure B.5: Total water in sheathing board (OSB or Fiberboard) as a function of type of interior vapor control strategy (Wall 2 had no 6-mil poly sheet) and airtightness.

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