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Avoidance and diagnosis of problems associated with internal wall insulation

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Improving energy efficiency and comfort of traditional buildings affects how moisture moves through the building fabric. Internally insulating solid masonry walls can have a hugely positive impact on comfort, but doing so without regard for this relationship can lead to undesirable consequences, including trapped moisture and mould growth. A well-designed specification informed by a good understanding of the building and its context will preclude any unintended consequences.
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Keywords: breathable; condensation; drying; insulation; masonry; moisture; risk

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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