Dry lining as a method for maintaining comfort levels beneath pitched roofs: An experimental case study

Charles Hippisley-Cox

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A single-storey building with a footprint of 40 square meters with an underlying cellar in Northern France was used as an opportunity to undertake some tests while adopting some modern materials to obtain consistent comfort levels while addressing fuel costs and sustainability issues. The thickness of the solid granite walls was such that considerable heat would be required to raise the temperature of the building during the winter months, so it was decided that the walls should be dry lined to enable a simple wood-burning stove to raise the internal air temperature as rapidly as possible. The underside of the roof was lined with a modern 8mm 'foil and bubble' composite liner then covered with insulated plasterboard. The dry lining was particularly effective in keeping the building from overheating during the hottest months. During the winter the spaces became much easier to heat rapidly with a small wood-burning stove easily producing enough heat to raise the temperature within half an hour to 17 degrees throughout the ground floor and similar temperatures in the loft space.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationBuilding Engineer
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


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