Validation of dynamic hygrothermal simulation models for historical buildings: State of the art, research challenges and recommendations

July 2020 - Posted: 7/13/2020

The proper simulation of the hygrothermal behaviour of historical buildings is a challenging task with several implications regarding the evaluation of indoor thermal comfort and the suitability of retrofit strategies that comply with the conservation of cultural heritage. An inaccurate simulation may lead to inadequate conclusions, which could result in inappropriate and dangerous actions for the preservation of the heritage buildings.

The present work reviewed the main approaches used by researchers for building performance model validation with special reference to historical buildings based on microclimatic parameters, highlighting the main advantages and drawbacks of the different methods reviewed. Finally, recommendations to properly carry out the model validation based on microclimatic parameters have been provided. The collected information may be useful to different subjects (e.g. designers, energy auditors, researchers, conservators, buildings’ owners and policy makers) and can drive suitable and reliable retrofit and maintenance interventions.

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By: H.E. Huerto-Cardenas, F. Leonforte, N. Aste, C. Del Pero, G. Evola, V. Constanzo, E. Lucchi
Publisher: Building and Environment, Volume 180