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Daniel is a Lecturer in Building Surveying at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment.
Research title: Energy efficiency improvements in traditional buildings
Start date: October 2012
Retrofit interventions could be a complex operation because of the several aspects that are involved in the hygrothermal performance of traditional buildings. Moreover, all these factors interact with each other and therefore need to be analysed as a whole. Upgrading the envelope of traditional buildings may produce severe changes to the moisture migration leading to superficial or interstitial condensation and thus fabric decay and mould growth. Retrofit projects carried out in the past have failed because of the misunderstanding, or the lack of expert prediction, of the potential consequences associated to the envelope's alteration.
The evaluation of potential risks, prior to any alteration on building's physics in order to improve its energy efficiency, is critical to avoid future damage on the wall's performance or occupants' health and well being. The aim of this PhD research project is to point out the most critical aspects related to the energy efficiency improvement of traditional buildings and to develop a risk based methodology that helps owners and practitioners during the decision making process.
Dr. Amar Bennadji
Dr. Richard Laing
Mr. Gerard Buda
Herrera Gutierrez-Avellanosa, D and Bennadji, A. A risk based methodology to assess the energy efficiency improvements in traditionally constructed buildings. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. XXIV International CIPA Symposium; September 2013: Strasbourg, France.