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      Hygrothermal Monitoring of Replacement Infill Panels for Historic Timber-Frame Buildings: Initial Findings

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

      28-29 June 2021

      interstitial hygrothermal behaviour, moisture content, monitoring

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          Energy retrofits aim to improve the thermal performance of buildings’ external envelopes. With buildings of traditional construction there exists the risk that these improvements may lead to interstitial condensation and moisture accumulation. For historic timber-framed buildings, this potentially exposes the embedded historic timbers to conditions favouring fungal decay and insect infestation. Hygrothermal digital simulations can assess this risk, however these have limitations, especially regarding the study of historic and traditional materials, due to a lack of accurate data. The research presented in this paper therefore utilizes the monitoring of physical test panels to examine the performance of four replacement infill details. The paper focuses on the design and construction of the test cell and presents initial results from the first year of monitoring.

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          13 May 2021
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
          [2 ] Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, University of Bath
          [3 ] Historic England
          Article
          10.14293/ICMB210067
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          1st International Conference on Moisture in Buildings 2021
          ICMB21
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          28-29 June 2021
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