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FS54 - Developing robust details for roof upgrade

Written by: CIC Start Online

"Developing robust details for roof upgrade. A process for the development and implementation of robust, practical solutions for the thermal improvement and moisture control of existing roofs above habitable rooms." by University of Strathclyde Glasgow and Grigor Mitchell Architect Limited


There are many current initiatives to increase the energy efficiency of Scottish homes including the "Home Insulation Scheme" which is managed by Energy Saving Trust and backed by Scottish Government. One of the aims of the scheme is to improve the energy efficiency of the homes by promoting and installing free or discounted loft insulation. However, there is little precise guidance available on the best oractice for insulating pitched and flat roof structures of traditional properties especially in respect to the avoidance of interstitial condensation.

The aim of the feasibility study is to produce robust practical details and specifications for the thermal improvement and control of the moisture in traditional roof structures. These details will be assessed with software tools such as THERM, WUFI and ESP-r. The project will also include thermally improving a roof structure in order to trial the proposed specifications and to allow for in-situ testing.

Key words: housing, thermal unsulation, moisture control


Paul Touhy, University of Strathclyde Glasgow

For Grigor Mitchell Architect Ltd

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


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