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Building Performance

The way a building performs depends not only on its fabric and its services, but also on the way it is being used. To understand failures in the indoor environment, or issues such as energy use, all three factors must be taken into account.

Current research by the Historic England Conservation Teams concentrates on finding safe and effective ways of reducing the energy and carbon used in the historic built environment, examining issues such as the impact of building condition on heat transfer, and the long-term behaviour of energy-efficiency alterations.

Building Performance Research
Wall paintings and other fragile elements of the historic built environment can be affected in many ways by building services such as heating. © Tobit Curteis Associates


Ventilation in Small Cavities: experimental research to study the movement of air in building voids such as wall cavities, under floors, and in roof spaces

Internal Wall Insulation: monitoring the long-term impact of adding insulation to the inside of the building

Thermal Behaviour of Brick Walls: comparing the ‘standard’ U-value figures for thermal transfer with in-situ measured values for traditional brick walls in both good and poor condition

Driving Rain and Solid Masonry Walls: the ‘Damp Towers’ research looks at how and why rain penetrates solid masonry under certain conditions, and tests remedial treatments

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