Inappropriate retrofits can stress solid wall dwellings - SDAR* Journal

A paper of my ex-colleague Benat Arregi and I was published just before Christmas in the 2016 edition of Sustainble Design in Applied Research SDAR* Journal (jointly published by DIT and CIBSE Ireland). The title of the paper is 'Hygrothermal Risk Evaluation for the Retrofit of a Typical Solid-walled Dwelling': it can be downloaded here: http://arrow.dit.ie/sdar/vol4/iss1/3/

The assembly that is most hygrothermally stressed is the only one which would be grant aided: cause for thought surely?

Technical Paper 15 gains recognition of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

On Friday, 24 June 2016 the winners of 2016 RIAI Architecture Awards were announced at an awards ceremony in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It was a great night and there was a stellar cast of buildings and architects presented. I'm proud to say that 'Technical Paper 15' received a commendation in the Best Research category.

Launch of 'Technical Paper 15' & the need to communicate & support certification

“Technical Paper 15 - Assessing risks in insulation retrofits using hygrothermal software tools - Heat and moisture transport in internally insulated stone walls” originally commissioned by Historic Scotland (a branch of the Scottish Government, now restructured as Historic Environment Scotland) was launched in September 21st 2015 in Dublin. It is intended to be a significant support to building professionals and building fabric consultants engaging with the topics of:
1) Applied building physics relevant to solid wall construction;
2) Hygrothermal risk assessment;

Damp & sins - case studies for 'Built to Last' research project

At the last meeting with (13-09-13) Dublin City Council steering group, most of the two groups of case studies were agreed. 6 (possibly 7) no. houses representing energy efficieny-retrofitted dwellings and 6 (possibly 7) representing largely untouched dwellings, ripe for works. That allows our consortium's teams to start visiting households, digging in their attic, looking at fuel bills and creating BERs, etc.


Joseph Little is the Irish Co-Operation Partner of Fraunhofer IBP for development of, and training in, the Wufi® suite of risk assesssment software. He is also one of the UK and Ireland's leading practitioners of hygrothernal assessment using the WUFI suite of assessment tools.

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