Internal insulation of solid masonry walls - Field experiment with Phenolic foam and lime-cork based insulating plaster

Nickolaj Feldt Jensen*, Carsten Rode, Birgitte Andersen, Søren Peter Bjarløv, Eva B. Møller

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The study investigated the hygrothermal performance and risk of mould growth in two thermal insulation systems for internal retrofitting purposes; a phenolic foam system with a closed cell structure, and a capillary active diffusion-open lime-cork based insulating plaster. The setup consisted of a 40-feet (12.2 m) insulated reefer container with controlled indoor climate, reconfigured with several holes (1x2 m each) containing solid masonry walls with embedded wooden elements on the interior side and different interior insulation systems, with and without exterior hydrophobisation. Focus was on the conditions in the interface between wall and insulation system, and in the embedded wooden elements. Relative humidity and temperature were measured in several locations in the test walls over two years, and the mould risk was evaluated by measurements and the VTT mould growth model. Findings for the interior phenolic foam system indicated that exposed walls experienced high relative humidity and high risk of moisture-induced problems. Exterior hydrophobisation had a positive effect on the moisture balance for the southwest oriented wall with phenolic foam. The lime-cork based insulating plaster showed high relative humidity and risk of moisture-induced problems, with and without hydrophobisation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number01003
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event 12th Nordic Building Physics Conference - Tallin University of Technology, Tallin, Estonia
Duration: 7 Sept 20209 Sept 2020
Conference number: 12


Conference 12th Nordic Building Physics Conference
LocationTallin University of Technology


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