Custom Residence - Southeast U.S.
A two-story custom home in the Southeast constructed around 2013 with custom steel-framed windows was experiencing excessive condensation and frost formation on the interior of the window frames; however, not all of the steel-framed windows experienced the problem. The windows that exhibited the condensation/frost formation were located in rooms with a bay window configuration in which the windows were located away from HVAC supply diffusers. Similar windows in other areas of the house that had HVAC supply diffusers in closer proximity to the windows did not show signs of condensation/frost. Liberty determined that the conductive properties of the steel-framed windows in conjunction with a lack of sufficient warm air flow from the HVAC system resulted in condensation and frost formation at the bay window locations. Liberty identified specific HVAC industry design guidelines published by ASHRAE that had not been adequately implemented, which would have reduced the probability of condensation and frost formation.