Retrofit with Interior Insulation on Solid Masonry Walls in Cool Temperate Climates: An Evaluation of the influence of Interior Insulation Materials on Moisture Condition in the Building Envelope

Søren Peter Bjarløv, G.R. Finken, Tommy Odgaard

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For historic buildings, where an alteration of the exterior façade is not wanted, interior insulation can be the solution to improve the indoor climate and reduce heat loss, but might also introduce moisture problems like condensation in the wall. Capillary active/hydrophilic insulation materials have been introduced to cope with the moisture problem. An extensive amount of calculations indicating where the challenges lie in the complex work with interior insulation in cool temperate climate has been carried out. In areas with high precipitation like Denmark, capillary active insulation may not be feasible without additional driving rain protecting of the façade.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Pages (from-to)1461-1466
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event6th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2015) - Torino, Italy
Duration: 14 Jun 201517 Jun 2015
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2015)
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  • Retrofit
  • Interior insulation
  • Masonry walls
  • Historic buildings
  • TOW
  • Impregnation

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