COST C16 Improving the Quality of Existing Urban Building by E. Melgaard

By E. Melgaard

Due to alterations within the composition of the inhabitants, society adjustments constantly with appreciate to varied components together with age-structure, kinfolk composition and the supply of power. alterations result in events which are mirrored within the commissioning of structures, that's progressively shifted from new building to the reuse and protection of latest structures. the difference of structures usually calls for the amendment of facades and the development in the back of. The scope of this motion in the rate shipping and concrete improvement area is to enhance innovations and techniques for envelopes of constructions developed over the last half the twentieth century within the expense international locations. In different phrases it's directed at the construction envelopes of the so-called non-traditional constructions. This booklet relies on a aid by means of rate, an intergovernmental ecu framework for overseas cooperation among nationally funded study actions. expense creates medical networks and permits scientists to collaborate in a large spectrum of actions in learn and technology.

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6 Building Physics Aspects The most habitual problem that Cyprus faces in this area is the poor thermal insulation of the majority of the housing units. This has direct and severe implications on the energy consumption and the discomfort many people experience. In this case certain parts of the building envelopes, like the roofs and external openings, have to attract more of our attention than others. Besides that one could mention of course some other smaller problems like the moisture problems (due to substandard plumbing installations and poor ventilation) and the poor acoustic insulation (due to light building envelopes).

The often totally renewed envelope also serves as a protection of the concrete construction. Changes of apartment lay outs have taken place even the original units were not bad, but the main problem related to the units is that the family structure and the life style has changed. There is a greater need of single units, and the general need of space in family units has increased. The renovation actions were successfully executed seen from a technical and an architectural point of view. The needs deriving from these matters are not to be considered as urgent.

Outside, the quality of the public lighting can be largely improved, reducing consumption and increasing attractiveness and security of the public space at the same time. In return, the general energy performance relatively to heating and hot water production of the majority of the buildings is rather weak. It is mainly the result of poor building envelope insulations, low performing windows, air leakage and frequent thermal bridges but also low performance of the boilers and the distribution network.

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