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by Claire Walsh last modified 2006-09-20 14:51

Adapting Historic Environments to Moisture Related Climate Change

The scientific outcome of the project will be an increased understanding of the wetting properties and drying out processes of masonry walls, specifically those constructed of porous brick and red sandstone. This will be based on data from both laboratory experiments and field measurements at two case-study sites.

Historic Scotland, the National Trust and English Heritage, key heritage stakeholders and partners in the Engineering Historic Futures consortium have led the selection of two historic buildings as sites to be examined by the project researchers specifically for the effect of flooding and rain ingress. Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran in Scotland is sandstone built and exposed to driving rain. Blickling Hall in Norfolk, England is brick built and subject to periodic flooding. Measurements will include continuous monitoring of external and internal relative humidity and temperature close to walls affected by periodic wetting and drying for a period of 12 months. Listed building consent will be facilitated by Historic Scotland, the National Trust and English Heritage to enable the project researchers to drill into historic walls to measure the moisture content deep inside the building fabric. These measurements will also be compared to laboratory experiments on moisture penetration of a number of test walls being carried out by Glasgow Caledonian University. The data from real buildings and laboratory experiments will be used by The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at University College London to develop a new computer model that can be used to test drying methodologies for historic buildings. This will have applications in all buildings of traditional construction not just historic buildings.

Further information about the EHF project can be found by following the links below:

                        EHF presentation

                        EHF summary document

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