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Walls manage water in three fundamentally different ways: storage (mass walls), exclusion (perfect barrier walls), and drainage (drained walls). While there is no "best" approach to water management - each of these three strategies is entirely valid - it is certainly true that one approach or another may be more appropriate in the context of a specific project with a particular aesthetic, material palette, and performance objectives. This short course describes the three approaches to water management in walls and explains how water management is best understood as a system as opposed to a feature of any single component or building material.
Course Site →The Three Fundamental Ways Walls Manage Water
Course Instructor Christine Williamson
Course Length 8:20
AIA Credits 0.25 LU|HSW