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      Embedding thermal comfort into retrofitting design to prevent humidity problems and unintended consequences-a literature review

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      1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings 2021 (ICMB21)

      28-29 June 2021

      thermal comfort, humidity, mould, retrofit

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          In Europe, older buildings are responsible for 40% of the total primary energy consumption. This gives great potential for reducing energy and CO2 emissions. However, during the last decade, the retrofit processes applied to existing buildings have resulted in unintended consequences such as overheating, mould growth and the increase of indoor pollutants. In practice, retrofit is dominated by energy and economical approaches that concentrate on specific standards of U-Values and increasing airtightness. Thermal comfort, although a requirement, is not taken into account during the retrofit design process. This paper discusses how those unintended consequences can be minimised if thermal comfort is properly considered and assessed prior to retrofit interventions.

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          13 May 2021
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          [1 ] UCL IEDE
          [2 ] Historic England
          Article
          10.14293/ICMB210049
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          1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings 2021
          ICMB21
          Online
          28-29 June 2021
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