Energy retrofit of historic timber-frame buildings – Hygrothermal monitoring of building fabric

C. J. Whitman, O. Prizeman, J. Gwilliam, P. Walker, A. Shea

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding

Abstract

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 incompatible materials, flawed detailing, poor workmanship and lack of controlled ventilation can facilitate biological 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 England.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreventive Conservation - From Climate and Damage Monitoring to a Systemic and Integrated Approach - Proceedings of the International WTA - PRECOM3OS Symposium
EditorsAziliz Vandesande, Els Verstrynge, Koen Van Balen
PublisherCRC Press
Pages129-135
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780367435486
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020
Event2019 International WTA-PRECOM3OS Conference on Preventive Conservation - From Climate and Damage Monitoring to a Systemic and Integrated Approach - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 3 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

Publication series

NamePreventive Conservation - From Climate and Damage Monitoring to a Systemic and Integrated Approach - Proceedings of the International WTA - PRECOM3OS Symposium

Conference

Conference2019 International WTA-PRECOM3OS Conference on Preventive Conservation - From Climate and Damage Monitoring to a Systemic and Integrated Approach
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period3/04/195/04/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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