Specification Strategies to Eliminate Concrete Moisture

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Sponsored by ISE Logik Industries
Presented by Deane E. Craft

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss owner’s design intent and how it drives project requirements, thereby directly impacting specification language.
  2. Review specific industry documents and reference standards that drives the requirement to moisture test all concrete slabs.
  3. Investigate the genesis of current 09 flooring specification language.
  4. Specify sustainable design processes that eliminate: (1) project delivery delays due to concrete slab moisture, (2) subsequent bond or moisture failures, and (3) design team liability for each.


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In many projects, installation of floor finishes is one of the last items to occur prior to substantial completion. However, 09 flooring specification sections require moisture testing before flooring can be installed on concrete slabs. When those moisture tests fail, the project faces time delays, unexpected costs, or both. During this presentation, we will: (1) give significant discussion to the importance of “design intent” and how losing focus on what the owner expects can lead to catastrophic, consequences (2) examine several misconceptions associated with field moisture testing and project owner and design team liability associated with concrete moisture induced flooring failure; and (3) we will give clear recommendations as to how the specifying professional can eliminate concrete moisture as a project delivery issue while simultaneously protecting the project owner and design team from project delivery delays/cost overruns and future failed flooring.

Photo courtesy of ISE Logik Industries


Dean E. Craft , LtCol USMCR (ret), ASTM, CSI, CDT is the President & COO of ISE Logik Industries, the manufacturer of MVRA 900 moisture vapor reduction admixture; and, since 2009, has presented more than 1000 times on how to proactively address concrete moisture in the design phase. Dean is the principal author and technical chair of ASTM F3191 – 16: “Standard Practice for Field Determination of Substrate Water Absorption (Porosity) for Substrates to Receive Resilient Flooring”, completed his doctoral work in 2017 with a dissertation entitled “Fallacy of Current Industry Approach to Assessing Concrete Moisture Before Flooring Installation”, and is a voting or participating member of:

  • ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing
  • ASTM Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings

Dr. Craft is a retired, U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel with 23-years of total service; and is an expert in assessing organizational behavior and implementing organizational change through leadership and process improvement. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (BS), the Naval Postgraduate School (MS), and California Intercontinental University (DBA; Doctorate in Global Leadership).


ISE Logik ISE Logik Industries, Inc. is the leader in effectively educating the AEC community on how to proactively address concerns over concrete moisture vapor emission from negatively impacting roofing and flooring schedules, overall project budgets, and substantial completion dates.


Originally published in June 2021