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Widström, Torun (2019) Simulation of historic buildings for enhancement of preservation and energy performance – issues and methods. Doctoral thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

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Historic buildings are often particularly poorly insulated and difficult to heat, and are also at risk for several reasons. These include potential lack of use due to low thermal comfort leading to low or no profitability, damage risks due to over and under-climatization and risks due to climate change altering the boundary conditions that they were built for. Building simulation can be a valuable tool with which to assess the building performance of historic buildings, it can provide a background of knowledge for the design of potential strategies, and then assess such strategies in order to facilitate the decision process. Thus, simulation can contribute to minimized energy usage and optimized preservation, and prevent the need for potentially risky full-scale experiments that could jeopardize the cultural values. Thus a wide-spread use of simulation of historic buildings would be useful. However, it is difficult to simulate historic buildings with tools and methods developed for modern buildings. This may lead to a level of uncertainty that can greatly limit the usefulness of the simulation results.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building simulation, historic buildings, energy performance, damage risk, mould, thermal bridges
Subjects: English
English > Simulation
Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2019 12:50
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 09:41

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