Track 1: Effects of Climate Change in Warm Weather Coastal Regions
The National Park Service Cultural Resources Partnerships and Science program (NPS CRPS) and the Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), part of The United States Army Corps of Engineers, partnered to study the resilience and durability of traditional construction assemblies and materials common to historic buildings located in flood-prone areas. The ERDC-CERL testing involves the submersion of multiple sample historic wall and floor assemblies. These submersion tests provide data comparable with that of modern replacement materials marketed as “flood-damage resistant.” The test evaluates the performance of historic materials when submerged, dried out, and cleaned post flooding event. The testing is being conducted using ASTM E3075, Standard Test Method for Water Immersion and Drying for Evaluation of Flood Damage Resistance. The NPS CRPS staff will present on the findings of the tests which were completed in Spring 2019.