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Low energy retrofit of historic timber framed buildings in the UK

Whitman, Christopher ORCID: 2017. Low energy retrofit of historic timber framed buildings in the UK. Presented at: SBH2017 - Sustaining Built Heritage, Luxor, Egypt, 23 - 25 February 2017.

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Heritage buildings have often been considered off-limits when considering energy refurbishment projects, however rising energy prices, stricter legislation and increasing expectations of thermal comfort mean that they can no longer be ignored. In the case of historic and heritage properties, refurbishment is a complex issue, involving aesthetic considerations in addition to technical issue. The hygrothermal behaviour of wall build-ups in buildings of traditional materials must be fully understood in order to avoid problems of interstitial moisture, long term decay and overheating. Research to date has focused on solid-walled masonry construction, with little work being conducted on timber-framed construction. My current research therefore explores this previously under-researched area. The number of historic timber-frame buildings in the UK has been quantified and geographically located, in addition to research into their historical development and current significance. The potential for the retrofit of these buildings has been studied with the use of in situ monitoring of case study buildings and digital simulation at both building and detail scale. The construction and monitoring of physical test panels is now being developed as part of this ongoing research programme.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Q Science > QC Physics
Funders: British Council
Date of Acceptance: 12 December 2016
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2023 15:21

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