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Energy retrofit infill panels for historic timber-framed buildings in the UK: Physical test panel monitoring versus hygrothermal simulation.

Whitman, Christopher J., Prizeman, Oriel, Gwilliam, Julie, Shea, Andy and Walker, Pete 2020. Energy retrofit infill panels for historic timber-framed buildings in the UK: Physical test panel monitoring versus hygrothermal simulation. Architectural Science Review 10.1080/00038628.2020.1719820
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Abstract

As we aim to decarbonise the built environment, care must also be taken to minimise the negative impact of retrofit actions on historic buildings’ fabric and cultural significance. Work to date in the UK has focused on the retrofit of historic solid masonry construction, with little research into historic timber-framed buildings. With these buildings, where infill panels are beyond repair or have previously been substituted with inappropriate materials, there exists the potential to retrofit panels with a higher thermal performance. The research presented in this article compares the monitoring of three physical test panels mounted between climate-controlled chambers with digital hygrothermal simulations in order to investigate the risk of increased moisture which may threaten the surrounding historic fabric. Results of previously unpublished cyclical testing are is also included. Whilst all prediction methods successfully identified interstitial condensation where measured, major discrepancies existed between simulated and measured results, and between different simulation methods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TH Building construction
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0003-8628
Funders: Association for Preservation Technology. Martin Weaver Scholarship
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 19 January 2020
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 22:22
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/128802

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