Monuments can only be preserved in the long term if they are used. At the same time, they have to meet today's requirements for comfort and energy efficiency. When renovating old buildings to improve their energy performance, it goes without saying that monument protection concerns must also be taken into account. Within the scope of "cultural heritage research”, the experts at Fraunhofer IBP deal specifically with the issues of moisture control and climate stability that are encountered when renovating old buildings and preserving historical monuments.
The renovation of old buildings should ideally be accompanied by an improvement in the energy efficiency of the building envelope. If exterior insulation is out of the question, interior insulation is generally the only alternative. However, this poses special challenges for the design of the building as far as moisture balance is concerned. Due to the lack of space where connections are located and the increase in room humidity, insulation measures must be planned and executed with particular care.
Based on hygrothermal simulations, as well as laboratory and building-related tests, we analyze interior insulation solutions and use the results to improve the indoor climate.
Among others, we offer planners and building owners the following services:
Through bundling a wide range of expertise, we can offer integrated solutions to challenging issues in the field of monument preservation and renovation.