WET BUILDING MATERIALS
“There is an estimated $9-10 billion spent to correct construction defects each year. 80 percent of those defects are moisture-related. 41 percent of the moisture-related problems developed in the envelope of the building.” (Originally Nov 2007 Architectural Record)
That adds up to 3.7 to 4.1 billion dollars annually on moisture related problems which can be eliminated with climate control, including dehumidification.
Moisture is a byproduct of the construction process. The average new 2000 square foot home contains, on average, five tons of moisture that must evaporate from the structure.