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Charles R. Boardman

Charles R. Boardman
General Engineer
Building and Fire Sciences
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
United States
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Research Highlights

Understanding Impacts of Ventilation on Moisture Levels in Homes

Year: 2015
“Build tight, ventilate right” is good for reducing energy use in homes. Ventilation can also change the moisture levels in homes, affecting both human comfort and structural durability. A Forest Service scientist investigated how to predict changes in moisture levels.

Understanding Soil Gas Entry Into Homes

Year: 2015
Your home sits on the ground, and hence is influenced by soil gas that can add both moisture and radon to your indoor air. A Forest Service scientist investigated how much moisture enters a home through soil gas infiltration, and what physical factors determine the rate of entry.

Improving experimental techniques that probe wood-moisture interactions

Year: 2017
Prior methods using dynamic vapor sorption instruments mischaracterized the equilibrium moisture content of wood. Equilibrium is reached after much longer times than previously claimed. This project provides a basis for methods that improve accuracy.

Keeping Wood-Frame Housing Safe and Warm

Year: 2019
Is it okay to add exterior insulation and cover the wood sheathing to make your home even more energy-efficient? USDA Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory investigate under what conditions this practice is safe.

Improving the Accuracy of Automated Instruments for Moisture in Wood

Year: 2018
Automated instruments are increasingly used for measuring the equilibrium moisture content of wood. Research finds that common methods have much larger errors than claimed in the literature, so researchers developed a method to improve accuracy.

Development of New Kinetics Models for Water Vapor Sorption in Wood

Year: 2019
Wood is constantly exchanging water with its environment and these exchanges control nearly all of wood's amazing properties. USDA Forest Service research reveals that this process is still not understood and old models that were thought to explain these processes are not physically valid.

Improving the Tools and Practice for Designing Moisture-Safe Wood Buildings

Year: 2020
FPL researchers predict the future! Will this new wood structure be safe and durable in the climate for which it is designed?