A seminar was held by the Dublin Civic Trust on Tuesday outlining the challenges in relation to energy upgrading of historic buildings. Fergal was a speaker on the day in addition to Duncan Stewart, Moses Jenkins of Historic Scotland and Kevin O’Rourke of SEAI.
The day which was attended by architects, conservation officers, planners and a number of conservation trades was opened by Duncan outlining the context of climate change and peak oil challenges. Moses Jenkins gave a highly informative update on Historic Scotland research on thermal upgrading of walls, floors, roofs and windows.
Most interesting was their trials and moisture monitoring of breathable insulation build ups to external walls including pumping of EPS bead behind lath and plaster wall linings and woodfibre/timber linings without vapour barrier control.
Recent developments in glazing technology such as Slimlite and vacuum double glazed panels have provided additional possibilities for upgrading traditional sash windows where appropriate.
Fergal lastly presented an analysis of the upgrade options to a Georgian townhouse.