Paper 406

Towards an integrated moisture-safe retrofit processfor traditional buildings in policy and industry

Authors: V Marincioni (1), (2), H Altamirano-Medina (1), (2), P Rickaby (1), (2), N Griffiths (3), Y D Aktas (1), (4), C King (1)

  1. UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings(UKCMB),Here East,8-9 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E15 2GW, United Kingdom
  2. UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, University College London, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN, United Kingdom
  3. Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance(STBA), The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, N1 7RULondon, UnitedKingdom
  4. EPICentre, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom


Improving the energy efficiency of traditional buildings,which represent a large proportion of the building stock in the UK,is necessary to meet national targets on greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate fuel poverty. Traditional dwellings in the UK are defined as hard-to-treat homes because insulating them is not cost-effective or might lead to moisture-related issues. This has led to efforts from policy-makers and organisations towards minimizing moisture risk in the energy-efficient retrofit of traditional buildings. This paper presents an overview of the work done towards a moisture-safe retrofit in the UK in the past ten years, focusing on the Government’s policies and the work and legacy of the late Neil May, one of the pioneers in sustainable traditional buildings in the UK.

Keywords: integrated retrofit; moisture risk; traditional buildings; policy; training.

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