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Ogley, P and Wood, C and Brocklebank, I and Pickles, D (2010) ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS - Insulating timber-framed walls. Project Report. English Heritage.


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This guidance note provides advice on the methods, materials and risks involved with insulating the walls of timber framed buildings. The benefits of making improvements will include improved comfort for occupants as well as lower fuel bills and carbon emissions. However, such improvements can have conservation and planning implications. Timber-framed houses are a striking feature of many of England’s towns, villages and farmsteads. Examples can date back to the 12th century but most have 16th century origins. They continued to be built up to the 19th century in rural parts of the country. Many timber-framed buildings still retain important fabric and finishes, such as wall paintings and historic wattle and daub. Any repair or improvement needs to minimise the risk of damage to the historic fabric. Often the timber frame can be concealed by historic renders or claddings, such as tile-hangings and weatherboarding. Alternatively the timber frame can be fully exposed with infill panels of render, wattle and daub or brickwork. Some timber frames are completely concealed behind masonry, either brick or stonework which may also conceal other historic construction or detailing. Where the timber frame is fully concealed by masonry or is partly of masonry construction it may sometimes be more appropriate to consider this part of the building as a solid walled building. Internally the timber frame can be concealed behind lath and plaster or exposed with plastered infill panels. The variations found within this building type add considerably to their charm and character.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy efficiency, historic building, insulate, insulation, timber-framed walls, walls
Subjects: English > Building Envelope > Insulation
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Depositing User: Kajsa Stavebring
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 20:02
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 11:08

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