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How Can Scientific Literature Support Decision-Making in the Renovation of Historic Buildings? An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving the Performance of Walls

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Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), University College London, London WC1H 0NN, UK
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UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB), London E15 2GW, UK
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Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University (AAU), 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Institute for Renewable Energy, Eurac Research, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (ABC), Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Department of Energy, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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TECNALIA, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), 48160 Derio, Spain
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Department of Energy-Efficient Buildings, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Costanzo
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2266; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042266
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 27 January 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 19 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Historic Buildings Conservation and Energy Efficiency)
Buildings of heritage significance due to their historical, architectural, or cultural value, here called historic buildings, constitute a large proportion of the building stock in many countries around the world. Improving the performance of such buildings is necessary to lower the carbon emissions of the stock, which generates around 40% of the overall emissions worldwide. In historic buildings, it is estimated that heat loss through external walls contributes significantly to the overall energy consumption, and is associated with poor thermal comfort and indoor air quality. Measures to improve the performance of walls of historic buildings require a balance between energy performance, indoor environmental quality, heritage significance, and technical compatibility. Appropriate wall measures are available, but the correct selection and implementation require an integrated process throughout assessment (planning), design, construction, and use. Despite the available knowledge, decision-makers often have limited access to robust information on tested retrofit measures, hindering the implementation of deep renovation. This paper provides an evidence-based approach on the steps required during assessment, design, and construction, and after retrofitting through a literature review. Moreover, it provides a review of possible measures for wall retrofit within the deep renovation of historic buildings, including their advantages and disadvantages and the required considerations based on context. View Full-Text
Keywords: historic buildings; walls; building performance; retrofit measures historic buildings; walls; building performance; retrofit measures
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Marincioni, V.; Gori, V.; de Place Hansen, E.J.; Herrera-Avellanosa, D.; Mauri, S.; Giancola, E.; Egusquiza, A.; Buda, A.; Leonardi, E.; Rieser, A. How Can Scientific Literature Support Decision-Making in the Renovation of Historic Buildings? An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving the Performance of Walls. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2266. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042266

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Marincioni V, Gori V, de Place Hansen EJ, Herrera-Avellanosa D, Mauri S, Giancola E, Egusquiza A, Buda A, Leonardi E, Rieser A. How Can Scientific Literature Support Decision-Making in the Renovation of Historic Buildings? An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving the Performance of Walls. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2266. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042266

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Marincioni, Valentina; Gori, Virginia; de Place Hansen, Ernst J.; Herrera-Avellanosa, Daniel; Mauri, Sara; Giancola, Emanuela; Egusquiza, Aitziber; Buda, Alessia; Leonardi, Eleonora; Rieser, Alexander. 2021. "How Can Scientific Literature Support Decision-Making in the Renovation of Historic Buildings? An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving the Performance of Walls" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2266. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042266

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