A review of thermal and hygrothermal requirements in historic churches

Robin Talbot, Arman Hashemi, Kenneth Ip, Marco Picco, David Greenfield, Emma Arbuthnot

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Abstract

Upgrading the building fabric of historic churches is challenging due, in part, to decorative finishes, important religious artefacts and the desire to preserve cultural heritage. Historic building fabric exhibits natural control of temperature and humidity cycles. However, churches are unique in having sporadic usage patterns. This paper reviews the state of the art from current literature, aiming to establish the thermal and hygrothermal requirements of historic churches. Main observations from the literature are that 1) each component of the church has unique thermal and hygrothermal requirements, 2) artefacts have become accustomed to the established indoor climate of the church, 3) retrofit insulation may cause moisture accumulation, 4) moisture plays a significant role in the degradation of permeable building fabric. These observations are discussed with the conclusion that stabilising temperature and relative humidity fluctuations could prove beneficial for artefacts and building fabric components.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYRSB19 - iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2019
EditorsKaterina Sojkova, Julie Zelezna, Petr Hajek, Jan Tywoniak, Antonin Lupisek
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCzech Technical University in Prague
Pages233-241
ISBN (Print)9788001066102
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventiiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2019 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 1 Jul 20191 Jul 2019
http://www.cesb.cz/yrsb/

Conference

ConferenceiiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2019
Abbreviated titleYRSB2019
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period1/07/191/07/19
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Keywords

  • historic
  • churches
  • environmental activism
  • hygrothermal

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    Talbot, R., Hashemi, A., Ip, K., Picco, M., Greenfield, D., & Arbuthnot, E. (2019). A review of thermal and hygrothermal requirements in historic churches. In K. Sojkova, J. Zelezna, P. Hajek, J. Tywoniak, & A. Lupisek (Eds.), YRSB19 - iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2019 (pp. 233-241). Czech Technical University in Prague. http://www.cesb.cz/yrsb/2019/YRSB19_proceedings.pdf