Energetic Refurbishment of Historic Brick Buildings: Problems and Opportunities

Jurgis Zagorskas, Grazvydas Mykolas Paliulis, Marija Burinskiene, Jürate Venckauskaite , Torben Valdbjørn Rasmussen

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    Building standards for energy effectiveness are increasing constantly and the market follows these changes by constructing new buildings in accordance with standards and refurbishment of the existing housing stock. Comprehensive trends in European construction market show tremendous increase in building retrofit works. It can be predicted that after the end of this decade, more than half of the construction works in European cities will be taking place in existing buildings, pushing the construction of new buildings to a less important role. Such a growth in building refurbishment works is creating a demand for suitable materials, retrofitting techniques and research. The differences between refurbishment of new-build projects and historical or valuable buildings are insufficiently recognized – mostly the buildings without further cultural preservation requirements are studied. This article covers the theme of refurbishment measures in historical buildings – the specific measures like inside insulation which are allowed due to the valuable façade or other heritage preservation requirements. An overview of other innovative methods for energy saving in existing buildings and their potential is given.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScientific Journal of Riga Technical University. Environmental and Climate Technologies
    Pages (from-to)20-27
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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