Inside and Out: Insulating Our Existing Masonry Buildings

In the Northeast, we have the benefit and burden of a large stock of uninsulated masonry buildings of various typologies and conditions. Leaving these buildings as they are is untenable with the global effort to reduce carbon emissions, and will not address climate shifts, the fabric of community, or the health of occupants. We will explore insulating from the interior, exterior, or both. In all cases the approach and design must be informed by retrofit feasibility, durability and toxicity of materials, installation cost, embodied carbon, emissions, labor capabilities, and overall envelope performance including freeze/thaw damage.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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The Hub

CEU Information: 

Approved for 1 credit hour toward AIA (LU|HSW), BPI, GBCI (BD+C, ID+C, WELL), and BOC certification. Credit is offered for the full conference day toward NARI, PHI, Phius, and RESNET certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Employ design concepts that promote reliable and durable solutions for upgrading thermal performance existing masonry walls
  • Explain how air sealing and vapor control affect the performance of historic masonry enclosures when insulting from inside
  • Identify and address constraints that inform the decisions in the design process for insulating existing masonry walls
  • Summarize current code considerations informing different solid masonry retrofit options

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