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Are traditional buildings really carbon villains? Why it matters when insulating solid walls
This paper address the accusation that traditional buildings are energy inefficient, particularly with regard to the heat loss of solid walls. It compares measured and calculated U-values for these solid walls and discusses the discrepancy found between them, where measured U-values identify lower heat loss than conventional estimates. The paper looks at the implications of this with regard to broader energy assessment methods and how this may reconfigure assumptions of energy performance for traditional buildings. It also seeks to explain the importance of accurate heat loss assessment for solid walls in relation to retrofitting or refurbishment, particularly in the light of risks from moisture.
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