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The thermal retrofitting of walls windows and ceilings in traditional Scottish buildings.

Stinson, Jon; Bros Williamson, Julio; Reid, Alasdair; Currie, John


Julio Bros Williamson


W F Florez-Escobar

C A Brebbia

F Chejne

F Mondragon


This paper documents research undertaken to evaluate the thermal transmittance of building elements – walls, windows and ceilings – both before and after the addition of insulation in traditionally constructed Scottish buildings. Thirteen different types of insulation (both natural and synthetic) were assessed during the study in a range of buildings.
The study found that in each instance where an insulation material was installed, regardless of location and method, an improved U-value of at least 38% was recorded, with a maximum improvement of 88%. On average, solid wall insulation, either applied to the cavity, internal lining, or external face, reduced the U-value by 59%, secondary glazing reduced the window U-value by 75%, and ceiling insulation reduced the U-value by 77%.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 6th International Conference on Energy and Sustainability
Start Date Sep 2, 2015
End Date Sep 4, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2016
Publisher WIT Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 317-326
Series Title WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Book Title Energy and Sustainability VI
ISBN 978-1-84564-944-9
Keywords Conservation; preservation; historic building; retrofit; thermal performance;
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