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    Moisture control design has to respond to all relevant hygrothermal loads

    Moisture related damage is still a formidable cost factor in the building sector. Besides installation deficiencies, moisture control design failures are the most frequent reasons for moisture problems. Therefore, adequate moisture control analysis has become the key for sustainable buildings. However, by focusing on vapour diffusion only other important moisture loads such as driving rain, construction moisture or air infiltration are mostly neglected. Therefore, international moisture control standards often refer to simulation models for more realistic analysis, leaving many practitioners wondering how to handle these tools. To overcome this dilemma, the updated German moisture control standard has introduced a three-pathway approach for design evaluation: 1 st deemed to satisfy list, 2 nd restricted Glaser calculation and 3 rd fully fledged hygrothermal simulation. The third pathway includes the option to account for small leaks or imperfections in building envelope components. Guidelines in other countries are also embracing similar moisture control approaches which gives hope for more durable and sustainable building design. To reach this aim, moisture control should also become an integral part of the design process instead of a secondary chore.

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      Built environment,Sustainable development,Moisture control design standard; hygrothermal simulation; vapour diffusion calculation; deemed to satisfy; component leaks;

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      Dear Authors, thank you for the edits to the paper. The paper provides a timely overview of the development and challenges in the field of hygrothermal simulations and moisture risk. I recommend the paper to be accepted as is.


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