There are many existing buildings with load-bearing mass masonry walls, whose energy performance could be improved with the retrofit of insulation. However, adding insulation to the interior side of walls of such masonry buildings in cold climates may cause performance and durability problems. Some concerns have known solutions, but there are known knowledge gaps. Four topics were studied in more detail to address these gaps: the topics included moisture risks to embedded wood members, an examination of frost dilatometry test results for data patterns, the effect of dissolved salts on masonry durability, and optimization of the methodology of frost dilatometry testing.


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Interior Insulation of Mass Masonry Walls: Joist Monitoring, Material Test Optimization, Salt Effects

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