In association with the WUFI workshop being held at The Lighthouse on the 12&13th September, Historic Scotland is organising an evening seminar on hygrothermal assessment of construction elements and their insulation retrofit.
Insulation retrofit of traditional buildings – Do we know what we are doing?
An evening seminar discussing the advantages of advanced computer simulations, such as WUFI and Delphin, for the hygrothermal assessment of traditional building construction.
Date: Monday, 12th September 2011
Time: 5.30 – 8.00pm
Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
Fee: The seminar fee is £10 (£5 students/unwaged) and includes tea/coffee and snacks.
Heat loss through walls, windows and roofs has received widespread attention in recent years, whilst the moisture performance has not. However, the two physical processes, heat transfer and moisture transfer, are strongly interdependent. This coupled heat and moisture performance is also described as hygrothermal performance.
This topic is particularly relevant to the retrofitting of traditional buildings. Construction materials and techniques used in the past were often permeable to both air and moisture, such as the solid stone walls typical for Scotland. Retrofitting such building components with new materials, for example, by adding insulation, can fundamentally change the building physics within the original fabric.
At this evening seminar, we will provide an easy-to-understand introduction to hygrothermal building physics, present critically the currently available assessment programs –from BuildDesk to WUFI and Delphin– and provide the opportunity to discuss the benefits and limits of advanced hygrothermal simulation.
For further information and a detailed programme and to purchase tickets, click here or contact Historic Scotland’s Technical Education And Outreach Team, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 668 8683.