Project: Effectiveness of methods against rising damp in buildings : European practice and perspective

Duration 01/02/2014 - 31/01/2017
Project Topic Rising damp is a recurrent hazard to ancient buildings in Europe and its relevance is expected to increase in the future, due to climate changes. The presence of rising damp in walls does not only create an unpleasant climate in buildings, but it also enhances damage processes as frost action, salt crystallization and biological growth, with possible consequences on the health of the inhabitants. The relevance of this problem is reflected by the large variety of products on the market. This wide and differentiated offers together with the scarce and fragmented scientific information on the effectiveness of the methods, make it difficult (even) for the professionals working in the field to choose a suitable intervention on a sound basis. The aims of this project are to come to a scientifically based evaluation of the effectiveness of different methods against rising damp and to a define decision support tool for a conscious choice and successful use of these methods in the practice of conservation. These aims are achieved by sharing the knowledge, until now diffused over EU, and by acquiring new knowledge through the application of selected methods in case studies. The co-operation between research institutes, conservation authorities and SMEs guarantees: (i) easy access to documentation on case studies, (ii) independent and scientifically based evaluation of interventions, and (iii) successful dissemination of results.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
Establishment of a European-wide overview of existing including the compatibility and effectiveness on historic buildings. -EU broad overview of the effectiveness of existing methods, elaborated on the existing experience and on the knowledge acquired by the investigation of case studies. -The development of decision support tool on the feasibility and the risks of existing methods, helping actors involved in conservation to arrive at a conscious choice and successful application of these methods in the practice. -Build up a European network of experts with state of the art knowledge in this field. Concrete outcomes included the establishment and definition of a European common procedure and criteria for the evaluation of interventions against rising damp, to be defined on the basis of the experience of the partners.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Belgian Building Research Institute Coordinator Belgium
2 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerca Partner Italy
3 Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia Partner Italy
4 C.R.S.A. Med - ingegneria S.r.l. Partner Italy
5 Special Restoration Ltd. of Pambianco Partner Italy
6 DIASEN Partner Italy
7 Delft University of Technology Partner Netherlands
8 Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands Partner Netherlands