EN ISO 12572:2001

Hygrothermal performance of building materials and products - Determination of water vapour transmission properties (ISO 12572:2001)

Publication date:   Dec 22, 2003

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Aug 24, 2016


CEN/TC 89 Thermal performance of buildings and building components

European Norm

91.120.10   Thermal insulation of buildings



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This standard specifies a method based on cup tests for determining the water vapour permeance of building products and the water vapour permeability of building materials under isothermal conditions. Different sets of test conditions are specified.
The general principles are applicable to all hygroscopic and non hygroscopic building materials and products, including those with facings and integral skins. Annexes give details of test methods suitable for different material types. This standard is not applicable in the case of test specimens with water vapour diffusion-equivalent air layer thickness values less than 0,1 m, as a result of increasing uncertainty in the measurement results. If the measured water vapour diffusion-equivalent air layer thickness is greater than 1500 m the material can be considered impermeable.

The results obtained by this method are suitable for design purposes, production control and for inclusion in product specifications.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Construction products


Regulation (eu) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 march 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing council directive 89/106/eec

Life cycle


EN ISO 12572:2001
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Aug 24, 2016


EN ISO 12572:2016