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Energy retrofit of historic timber-frame buildings- hygrothermal monitoring of building fabric

Whitman, Christopher, Prizeman, Oriel, Gwilliam, Julie, Walker, Peter and Shea, Andy 2019. Energy retrofit of historic timber-frame buildings- hygrothermal monitoring of building fabric. WTA-PRECOM³0S
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In line with its aim to decarbonize the EU’s building stock by 2050, the May 2018 amendment to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive calls for “research into… the energy performance of historic buildings… while also safeguarding and preserving cultural heritage.” To date in the UK, research in this field has focused on solid masonry construction. The research in this paper explores the previously under-researched retrofit of historic timber-framed buildings. In situ monitoring highlights that in some instances, the combination of in-compatible materials, flawed detailing, poor workmanship and lack of controlled ventilation can facilitate bio-logical attack. Digital hygrothermal simulations suggest that orientation, climatic conditions and infill material all significantly influence hygrothermal behavior, however, no prolonged periods of conditions favorable to biological decay were identified. Initial monitoring of test panels under laboratory conditions supports these results, however further long term monitoring is required and is currently underway, funded by Historic Eng-land.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: CRC Press / Balkema
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2019
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 14:50

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