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The nature of mass masonry granite walling and the potential for retrofit internal wall insulation strategies.

Buda, Gerard; Taylor, Bruce J.; Bennadji, Amar

Authors

Gerard Buda

Bruce J. Taylor



Abstract

Traditional buildings constructed of solid granite walling that have timber framing with lath and plaster internal finish are not thermally efficient when compared with modern constructions. They are also termed hard-to-treat as they need special care and attention to historic detailing, breathability and hygrothermal performance. These traditional buildings were originally constructed with lime mortar but during the period of mass Housing Disrepair Notices, many of these buildings were re-pointed using OPC-based cement/sand mortar. While the whole house needs to be considered in any thermal improvement strategy, granite walling presents a particular characteristic which demands a different approach to that of sandstone or limestone walling when considering internal wall insulation. This paper explores the main issues to consider when contemplating a thermal improvement strategy from the material perspective. The buildings identified in this paper are in the North-East of Scotland.

Citation

BUDA, G., TAYLOR, B. and BENNADJI, A. 2013. The nature of mass masonry granite walling and the potential for retrofit internal wall insulation strategies. Journal of building survey, appraisal and valuation [online], 2(1), pages 36-43. Available from: https://www.ingentaconn...00002/00000001/art00005

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2013
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Publication Date Mar 31, 2013
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2014
Publicly Available Date Sep 17, 2014
Journal Journal of building survey, appraisal and valuation
Print ISSN 2046-9594
Electronic ISSN 2046-9608
Publisher Henry Stewart Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 36-43
Keywords Granite walling; Hygrothermal performance; Stone characteristics; Breathability
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1053
Publisher URL https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/hsp/jbsav/2013/00000002/00000001/art00005