Activities per year
implemented in historic buildings, without compromising their architectural and cultural values, with an acceptable
safety level against deterioration and collapse of heavy external wall structures. The general objective of RIBuild
is to develop effective, comprehensive decision guidelines to optimise the design and implementation of internal
thermal insulation in historic buildings across the EU. RIBuild focuses on heavy external walls made of stone, brick
and timber framing, as most historic buildings are made of these materials. The general objective is achieved through
three main activities
• To obtain a thorough knowledge level to characterise the eligibility of the building for a deep internal thermal
insulation renovation. This knowledge is obtained through screening of historic buildings, investigation of material
properties and threshold values for failure
• To determine the conditions under which different internal insulation measures are reliable and affordable measures
based on probabilistic modelling of the hygrothermal performance, the environmental impact and the cost/benefit
• To develop a set of comprehensive decision guidelines, which are demonstrated in a number of buildings. RIBuild
addresses the most difficult retrofitting measure of historic buildings: internal thermal insulation. The adaption of
knowledge developed by RIBuild contributes to sustainable historic buildings with improved energy efficiency
implying an easier conversion of energy supply from inefficient fossil fuels to efficient renewable energy sources.
RIBuild also assesses the hygrothermal performance of the building construction, thus no collateral damage occurs; in
case of failure an easy roll back of the measures is possible. The guidelines developed in RIBuild strongly support the
deep and holistic retrofitting approach which historic buildings face in the coming years
The RIBuild research programme is divided into eight inter-correlated work packages (WPs). For a short description of each work package, please see the following.
WP1: Pre-renovation assessment
Examines common structural elements of historic buildings, determines their physical properties and classifies them according to type. The objective is to observe and describe the main symptoms of a deteriorating building envelope and study their possible causes.
WP leader: RTU
Participants: AAU, TUD, KUL,UNIVPM, DTU, SP, HES-SO
WP2: Material characterisation
Provides data for material properties and threshold values for historic building materials and existing insulation materials as a background for material characterisation models and guidelines for safe retrofitting measures.
WP leader: AAU
Participants: RTU, TUD, KUL, UNIVPM, DTU, SP, HES-SO, INTROFLEX
WP3: Case studies and laboratory measurements
Supports the research with high quality measurement data from both laboratory experiments on components and on-site monitoring of test buildings.
WP leader: TUD
Participants: AAU, RTU, KUL, UNIVPM, DTU, SP, INTROFLEX
WP4: Probabilistic assessment of internal insulation solutions
Develops an efficient strategy for the probabilistic hygrothermal assessment of internal solutions.
WP leader: KUL
Participants: AAU, TUD, HES-SO
WP5: Development of cost/benefit analysis and environmental impact assessment methodologies
Develops a probabilistic assessment methodology for assessing the environmental impact and cost/benefit of internal insulation solutions. The methodologies are based on Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Cost-Optimal (CO) analysis.
WP Leader: UNIVPM
Participants: AAU, RTU, DTU, HES-SO
WP6: Application and evaluation of guidelines
Develops and assesses the methodology for internal insulation of historic buildings, based on the methodologies developed in WP4 and WP5.
WP Leader: DTU
Participants: AAU, RTU, TUD, KUL, UNIVPM, SP, HES-SO, INTROFLEX, EMA
WP7: Communication and dissemination
Coordinates the overall communication and network partners of RIBuild.
WP Leader: AAU
Participants: RTU, TUD, KUL, UNIVPM, DTU, SP, HES-SO, INTROFLEX, EMA
WP8: Project management
WP 8 is in charge of the overall management of RIBuild.
WP leader: AAU
|Effective start/end date||01/01/2015 → 31/12/2019|
- Internal insulation
Søren Peter Bjarløv (Invited speaker)11 Jun 2015
Activity: Talks and presentations › Talks and presentations in private or public companies and organisationsFile
Søren Peter Bjarløv (Invited speaker)5 Mar 2015
Activity: Talks and presentations › Conference presentationsFile
- 2 Finished
Hansen, T. K., Bjarløv, S. P., Peuhkuri, R. H., Rode, C., Blumberga, A. & Hjorslev Hansen, M.
01/06/2015 → 14/02/2019
Interior insulation of buildings from 1850 to 1930 with massive external masonry walls and embedded wooden beam floor structure
15/12/2013 → 06/06/2019