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

Whitman, Christopher ORCID:, Prizeman, Oriel ORCID:, Gwilliam, Julie ORCID:, Walker, Peter and Shea, Andy 2020. Energy retrofit of historic timber-frame buildings- hygrothermal monitoring of building fabric. Presented at: WTA-PRECOM³OS Conference Preventive Conservation, Leuven, Belgium, 3-5 April 2019. Published in: Vandesande, Aziliz, Verstrynge, Els and Van Balen, Koenraad eds. Preventive Conservation - From Climate and Damage Monitoring to a Systemic and Integrated Approach Proceedings of the International WTA - PRECOM3OS Symposium, April 3-5, 2019, Leuven, Belgium. London: CRC Press / Balkema, pp. 129-136. 10.1201/9781003004042-20

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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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
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
ISBN: 9781003004042
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:50

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