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Building Science Insights

"Building Science Insights are short, informal discussions that highlight one or more building science principles. Like all BSC publications, they are grounded by solid research and experience. Unlike most BSC publications, however, they may also feature anecdotes, opinions, and even a joke or two (or three…)."

Here's a fairly recent BSI:

 How do you insulate uninsulated masonry buildings on the inside? Carefully. There I go again with the obvious. It is trickier to do it on the inside. But it is often less expensive than insulating them on the outside. True, you give up space, but nothing comes without some type of trade off. The big concern is not to screw up the durability or to create moisture problems where none have existed prior to "improving" the enclosure by insulating it . . . "

Read the entire article at    BSI-080  Tailor made  

Efflorescence and freeze-thaw damage occurring and the cause is a combination of bad water control and bad brick. Could good brick have survived the bad water control? Maybe. But with good water control even the bad brick would have lived.

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APT Building Technology Heritage Library


The APT Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices. These materials can aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures as well as other research goals. 

A few select titles include:

International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage

"The International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) was founded by ICOMOS in 1996 as a forum and network for engineers involved in the restoration and care of building heritage." 
Some ISCARSAH member papers include:

Impact of climate change on Prince of Wales Fort: the conservation process and the adaptation strategy / Lyn Fontaine and Cam Elliot 
Of particular interest as our masonry students have done restoration field work at the Prince of Wales Fort.

The structural behaviour of masonry vaults :limit state analysis with finite friction / D.F. D'Ayala and E. Tomasoni