Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings

Project Details


RIBuild will strengthen the knowledge on how and under what conditions internal thermal insulation is to be implemented in historic buildings, without compromising their architectural and cultural values, with an acceptable safety level against deterioration and collapse of heavy external wall structures. The general objective of RIBuild is to develop effective, comprehensive decision guidelines to optimise the design and implementation of internal thermal insulation in historic buildings across the EU. RIBuild focuses on heavy external walls made of stone, brick and timber framing, as most historic buildings are made of these materials. The general objective is achieved through three main activities
• To obtain a thorough knowledge level to characterise the eligibility of the building for a deep internal thermal insulation renovation. This knowledge is obtained through screening of historic buildings, investigation of material properties and threshold values for failure
• To determine the conditions under which different internal insulation measures are reliable and affordable measures based on probabilistic modelling of the hygrothermal performance, the environmental impact and the cost/benefit
• To develop a set of comprehensive decision guidelines and a web-based assessment tool, which are demonstrated in a number of buildings. RIBuild addresses the most difficult retrofitting measure of historic buildings: internal thermal insulation. The adaption of knowledge developed by RIBuild contributes to sustainable historic buildings with improved energy efficiency implying an easier conversion of energy supply from inefficient fossil fuels to efficient renewable energy sources. RIBuild also assesses the hygrothermal performance of the building construction, thus no collateral damage occurs; in case of failure an easy roll back of the measures is possible. The guidelines and the web-tool developed in RIBuild strongly support the deep and holistic retrofitting approach which historic buildings face in the coming years.
Effective start/end date01/01/201530/06/2020


  • EU - Horizon 2020: DKK37,500,000.00


Guidelines from the European project RIBuild

Ernst Jan de Place Hansen (Lecturer)
14 Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Specialist talk: Guidelines from the European project RIBuild

Ernst Jan de Place Hansen (Lecturer)
31 Oct 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

European Congress on the Use, Management and Conservation of Buildings of Historic Value

Ernst Jan de Place Hansen (Participant)
16 Oct 201917 Oct 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Research Output

  • 6 Report
  • 3 Article in proceeding
  • 1 Journal article

A stochastic approach to LCA of internal insulation solutions for historic buildings

di Giuseppe, E., D'Orazio, M., Du, G., Favi, C., Lasvaux, S., Maracchini, G. & Padey, P., 18 Feb 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 4, 1535.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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    Threshold values for failure, linked to types of building structures and failure modes

    Johansson, P., Lång, L., Capener, C-M., Møller, E. B., Quagliarini, E., D'Orazio, M., Gianangeli, A., Janssen, H., Feng, C., Langmans, J., Feldt Jensen, N., de Place Hansen, E. J., Peuhkuri, R. H. & Hansen, T. K., Mar 2019, 155 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReport

    Open Access
  • Energy savings due to internal façade insulation in historic buildings

    Hansen, E. J. D. P. & Wittchen, K. B., Sep 2018, Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings: Conference Report. Broström, T., Nilsen, L. & Carlsten, S. (eds.). 1 ed. Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Art History, p. 22-31 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

    Open Access

    Press / Media

    Danske virksomheder henter milliarder fra EU

    Ernst Jan de Place Hansen


    2 items of Media coverage

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    Isoleringsprojekt for historiske huse

    Ernst Jan de Place Hansen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Projekt skal isolere ældre huse

    Ernst Jan de Place Hansen


    9 items of Media coverage

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