Moisture Buffering Value of Plasters: The Influence of Two Different Test Methods

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The moisture buffering value (MBV) is considered nowadays an easy way to classify building materials when the purpose is assessing their potential passive contribution to indoor comfort and energy saving. In literature different test methods, and relative MBVs calculated on the basis of these, are found. Hence, a study was conducted to confirm the comparability of results. Eight different plastering mortars and finishing pastes underwent the two most common test methods—the ISO 24353 and the NORDTEST protocol—and the related MBVs were calculated. It was observed that the MBV is different when different test methods are followed, although results are proportional. The values obtained following the NORDTEST method are found always higher that the values obtained following the ISO 24353 and, therefore, it is concluded that MBV is affected by the test procedures and can only be directly compared when the same procedure is used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTesting and Experimentation in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Current to Smart Technologies
EditorsCarlos Chastre, José Neves, Diogo Ribeiro, Fernando F. S. Pinho, Hugo Biscaia, Maria Graça Neves, Paulina Faria, Rui Micaelo
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-29191-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-29190-6
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameRILEM Bookseries
ISSN (Print)2211-0844
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0852


  • Building material
  • Hygroscopic behaviour
  • Indoor comfort
  • Indoor wall coating
  • Moisture passive regulation
  • Mortar


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