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FS44 - Monitoring building fabric and internal environmental behaviour of a recently insulated historic building

Written by: CIC Start Online

"Monitoring building fabric and internal environmental behaviour of a recently insulated historic building" by Robert Gordon University and Kishorn Developments


The aim of this research is to build capacity, knowledge, information and techniques required to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in historic and traditional buildings. The practical aspect of the project will be to monitor the building in which the external walls of one room have been insulated with expanded foam blown into the cavity between masonry and lath.

Objectives are as follows:

1. Monitor and analyse the building behaviour using sensors in the building fabric and living spaces. The data collectors will record data hourly allowing to get clear understanding of the moisture presence and travel through the cavity wall. This will inform the advice on the best way to adjust internal environment.

2. Provide digital and other dynamic media / information specifically designed to influence owners /occupiers and other groups such as the building supply chain of the need to make their buildings more energy efficient and the benefits of doing so.

3. Provide the resources to make the complete building supply chain aware of the need to make traditional buildings more energy efficient.

4. Provide the building actors, including energy advisers, targeted information and knowledge of techniques that they can use to undertake this task.

Key words: pre-1919 building, domestic buildings, refurbishment, thermal insulation, post-occupancy evaluation


Dr Amar Benadji, Robert Gordon University

For Kishorn Dvelopments Ltd

The outputs of this study will be disseminated in due course.


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