Deep energy renovation of traditional buildings: addressing knowledge gaps and skills training in Ireland

Engel Purcell, Caroline (2018) Deep energy renovation of traditional buildings: addressing knowledge gaps and skills training in Ireland. Project Report. Heritage Council / ICOMOS Ireland. 154p. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

The primary intent of this research project is to review the current state of knowledge and risks relating to the deep energy renovation of traditional buildings, which have different hygroscopic and thermal behaviours to buildings of modern construction, and which represent approximately 16% of the total housing stock in Ireland. One of the key characteristics of traditional buildings is that they are constructed of solid masonry walls that are ‘breathable’, ie. the building fabric allows moisture to be absorbed and released cyclically. This form of construction relies on vapour-permeable materials and higher levels of ventilation to ensure the well-being of the building fabric and the internal environment. The term ‘traditional building’ is more comprehensively described in the DEHLG publication ‘Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings’.2 This document provides an overview of the important issues and risks relating to the energy renovation of traditional buildings and directs readers toward credible sources for further information. Building upon the STBA Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings gap analysis report of 20123, the Annotated Bibliography section of this report assembles in one place a list of the statutes, standards, technical documents, academic research and case studies relevant to the deep energy renovation of traditional buildings in Ireland. This is a fast-moving field of research and since 2012, at least 54 further technical research and guidance documents have been published or revised that examine various aspects of the hygrothermal performance of traditional buildings pre- and post-renovation. Overall, of the 475 plus resources collected during the course of this project, more than three-quarters were published after 2012. The Annotated Bibliography is designed to provide building practitioners with the resources and tools to specify deep energy renovation works appropriate to traditional buildings in Ireland and to help them span the persisting knowledge gaps in practice. Web links to the resources discussed in the text have been provided in the right-hand column of the document. Resources available for purchase are marked in yellow, while those available free of charge are marked in blue. If utilising these resources, please note the source document and authorship, and any copyright associated with that document. Further objectives of this research are to identify technical and non-technical barriers inhibiting the effective implementation of energy renovation in Ireland; to identify knowledge gaps and areas for further research; and, based on the evidence identified, to propose future courses of action. The promotion and dissemination of this research has already helped to create co-operative cross-institutional communication between senior members of the relevant State Departments, statutory bodies, non-governmental organisations and a broad set of stakeholders in the building sector. Continued collaboration is necessary to further explore and address the identified issues in a meaningful way. Taking stock of the current state of knowledge, as this report does, is an essential first step. In addition, the following forthcoming developments are expected to be of importance with regard to the deep energy renovation of traditional buildings in Ireland: • The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht both support the creation of a new NSAI Standard Recommendation Code of Practice for the Energy Efficient Renovation of Traditional Buildings. • The Part L Amendment of the Irish Building Regulations and the corresponding TGD L for Dwellings are expected to go to public consultation toward the end of March 2018. • The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is due to be published in early 2018. • The SEAI update of the BER system is due to be released in June 2018. • The second edition of the Built to Last study is due to be published in 2018.

Item Type: Book (Project Report)
Engel Purcell, Caroline
Murray, Colm
Cox, Peter
Budd, Leila
McDermott, Deirdre
Corporate Authors: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; The Heritage Council, Ireland; Carrig Conservation International, Ltd
Languages: English
Keywords: built heritage; historic buildings; historic houses; energy efficiency; thermal insulation; hygroscopy; masonry; documentation; standards; scientific research; case studies
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 26. Habitations urbaines
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
National Committee: Ireland
Number of Pages: 154
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 15:36
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2023 16:59

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