Field Monitoring and Simulation of a Historic Mass Masonry Building Retrofitted with Interior Insulation

Field Monitoring and Simulation of a Historic Mass Masonry Building Retrofitted with Interior Insulation

By: Kohta Ueno, John Straube, and Randy Van Straaten. Abstract: Load-bearing masonry buildings are a significant portion of the existing building stock, and there is a great deal of interest in adding thermal insulation to the walls of these structures. Exterior insulation provides the ideal conditions for building durability; however, many buildings cannot be retrofitted […]

Freeze-Thaw Damage and Insulation Projects Homeowner’s Guide

Freeze-Thaw Damage and Insulation Projects Homeowner’s Guide

Summary: This guide was created for homeowners who are considering whether and how to insulate their homes’ masonry walls. It describes the mechanics of freeze-thaw damage and some key issues related to this problem. Because freeze-thaw damage is a complicated problem that can be impacted by many different factors, it is not possible to provide […]

Freeze-Thaw Research Data

Freeze-Thaw Research Data

Summary: When masonry walls are too wet during freezing spells, freeze-thaw damage can occur; insulation on the inside raises this risk by making masonry colder and less able to dry. However, careful assessment can help building owners manage risk and make informed decisions about whether and how to retrofit. This process is particularly important when […]

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