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A porous surface is: ‘A surface that infiltrates water to the sub-base across the entire surface of the material forming the surface, for example grass and gravel surfaces, porous concrete and porous asphalt.’
NB Technical paper 35: Moisture measurement in the historic environment, published by Historic Environment Scotland in 2021, defines porosity as: ‘A measure of the total amount of void space in a material, usually expressed as a percentage (%).’
Assessing risks in insulation retrofits using hygrothermal software tools, Heat and moisture transport in internally insulated stone walls, by Joseph Little, Calina Ferraro and Beñat Arregi, published by Historic Environment Scotland in 2015, defines porosity as the: ‘Fraction of airspace within a material, often expressed as cubic metres of air per cubic metre of material (m3/m3) or a percentage of the total volume which is composed of air.’
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