Ventilation and Conservation

Author(s): Brian Ridout

This report discusses the relationships between timber decay and ventilation. Among architects and other building professionals, the accepted wisdom is that even a little air movement is better than none. Therefore, holes will be made into any kind of cavity with the intention of providing ventilation. The result can be very disfiguring and damaging and has prompted the questions: • Can air actually be made to flow in small cavities? • What would we expect small air movements to achieve? Many building professionals will be surprised that there is any need for further research on ventilation. Therefore, some historical information is presented to show how our faith in air movement has developed.

Report Number:
Research Report
Wood Building Investigation Building and Landscape Conservation Timber Decay Ventilation Air Movements


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