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Embodied energy considerations
A technical paper outlining the importance of life cycle analysis in assessing the sustainability of new buildings and maintaining existing buildings.
Keeping warm in a cooler house
A paper exploring achieving comfort in an older house using background low-temperature heating.
Assessing risks in insulation retrofits using hygrothermal software tools: Heat and moisture transport in internally insulated stone walls
An introduction to the basics of hygrothermal building physics.
Green Deal financial modelling of a traditional cottage and tenement flat
This technical paper presents the findings of financial modelling exercises taken on a detached cottage and an urban tenement flat.
Green Deal, Energy Company Obligation and traditional buildings
This paper models comprehensive upgrades for three traditional property types and identifies financial opportunities for financial support through the Green Deal.
Evaluating Energy Modelling in Traditionally Constructed Dwellings
A study demonstrating the use of building modelling in traditionally constructed dwellings in Scotland.
Monitoring Thermal Upgrades to Ten Traditional Properties
A technical paper setting out pre- and post-intervention monitoring work.
Slim-profile double-glazing in listed buildings: Re-measuring the thermal performance
A paper presenting results from thermal testing of slim-profile double glazing.
Data sources for energy performance assessments of historic buildings in the United Kingdom
A paper identifying data sources that can be helpful for assessing the energy performance of historic buildings.
Scotstarvit Tower Cottage
A report on the performance of a new heating system installed at Scotstarvit Tower Cottage.
Thermal assessment of internal shutters and window film applied to traditional single glazed sash and case windows.
A report examining methods for improving the thermal performance of single-glazed sash and case windows.
Hot-mixed Lime Mortars: Microstructure and Functional Performance
A paper presenting technical evidence for the use of hot-mixed lime mortars in the conservation of masonry structures.