Historic Scotland Refurbishment Case Studies: Wells O’ Wearie, Edinburgh – Thermal upgrades to walls, roof, floors and glazing

Historic Scotland Refurbishment Case Studies: Wells O’ Wearie, Edinburgh – Thermal upgrades to walls, roof, floors and glazing

This report forms part of a series of Refurbishment Case Studies following the theme of thermal upgrades in a range of traditionally built properties in Scotland. This project, like the others that follow, sought to demonstrate that effective thermal upgrades were possible in parts of a traditionally constructed stone building without excessive cost and disruption for the owner, nor requiring extensive removal or damage to the building fabric. There was also an aspiration to use, where possible, natural materials that maintained appropriate levels of water vapour movement through the fabric. Current refurbishment approaches tend to take the ‘all or nothing approach’ with respect to intervention – most internal fabric is typically removed and replaced. While such a template can yield significant thermal improvements, the interventions to the building are considerable and the financial cost is invariably high. Either consideration makes such an approach problematic for many homeowners and property managers who wish to commission improvements on pre-1919 structures. Published in 2012.

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