E3S Web Conf.
Volume 172, 202012th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics (NSB 2020)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||30 June 2020|
Internal insulation of solid masonry walls – field experiment with Phenolic foam and lime-cork based insulating plaster
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Brovej 118, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
2 Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark, Søltofts Plads Building 221, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
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The study investigated the hygrothermal performance and risk of mould growth in two thermal insulation systems for internal retrofitting purposes; a phenolic foam system with a closed cell structure, and a capillary active diffusion-open lime-cork based insulating plaster. The setup consisted of a 40-feet (12.2 m) insulated reefer container with controlled indoor climate, reconfigured with several holes (1x2 m each) containing solid masonry walls with embedded wooden elements on the interior side and different interior insulation systems, with and without exterior hydrophobisation. Focus was on the conditions in the interface between wall and insulation system, and in the embedded wooden elements. Relative humidity and temperature were measured in several locations in the test walls over two years, and the mould risk was evaluated by measurements and the VTT mould growth model. Findings for the interior phenolic foam system indicated that exposed walls experienced high relative humidity and high risk of moisture-induced problems. Exterior hydrophobisation had a positive effect on the moisture balance for the southwest oriented wall with phenolic foam. The lime-cork based insulating plaster showed high relative humidity and risk of moisture-induced problems, with and without hydrophobisation.
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