I recently conducted a backyard building science experiment with some pliable membranes. I was introduced to this test when I attended building science training in Denver with Construction Instruction.
The test involves filling a vessel with a prescribed amount of water, (in this case 125ml) and sealing the lid with the pliable membrane in place as the cover. I used clear plastic containers with lockable, sealed rim lids. I cut a hole in the lid, stretched the pliable membrane over the hole, then locked the lid to the container for an airtight seal.
The pliable membranes tested are:
- Thermakraft Covertek 407.
- Bradford Enviroseal Proctorwrap – residential walls.
- Bradford Enviroseal Proctorwrap – roof sarking.
- Polyweave foil.
125ml of water was added to each container on 3rd August 2019. The containers were stored inside a conditioned room with the air temperate 16 – 20 degrees Celcius and a Relative Humidity of 33-40.
The attached video shows the change in water level after 25 days. The three vapour permeable membranes have lost a fair amount of water. The poor old container on the right with the polyweave foil membrane still has 125ml of water in it, (no measurable water loss).
I will keep monitoring these containers over the coming months to see how long it takes for them to completely dry out.