Impact of climate change on cultural heritage: a simulation study to assess the risks for conservation and thermal comfort
by Guilherme B.A. Coelho; Hugo Entradas Silva; Fernando M.A. Henriques
International Journal of Global Warming (IJGW), Vol. 19, No. 4, 2019

Abstract: Artefacts are prone to various types of decay depending on the indoor conditions of the building in which they are kept. Moreover, due to climate changes, the indoor climate of these buildings may significantly change, which can endanger their preservation. Hence, this paper studies the effects of climate changes on the indoor climate of heritage buildings and on the conservation of artefacts and thermal comfort of visitors. For this purpose, a validated hygrothermal model of a naturally ventilated historic church - Saint Christopher's in Lisbon coupled with climate change weather files were used to obtain future indoor conditions. Additionally, four other climates were simulated using the building model: Seville (Mediterranean climate), Prague and Oslo (Continental climate), as well as London (Oceanic climate). The obtained indoor climates were assessed using a statistical analysis based in several known indices, a risk-based analysis and an adaptive thermal comfort model.

Online publication date: Thu, 19-Dec-2019

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