12 Aug '11, 8am

From GreenBuildingAdvisor.com: "Insulating Old Brick Buildings";

Since the bricks in unused chimneys and parapets don’t benefit from the heat that usually flows through walls, they act as tell-tales. “You walk around the building, and you notice there is an unused chimney integrated into the exterior wall,” says Straube. “So you ask, ‘How many years has the chimney been not been in use? Oh — twenty years?’ These are bricks in the most exposed part of the building, with no heat flowing through. That’s what I call a full-scale test. Maybe it turns out that this brick in this situation is quite tolerant. If you have tall parapets, they get twice as much rain and no heat flowing from the inside — especially if the parapet is tall. The taller it is, the less heat it sees. In other cases, you might have a building that has been left abandoned, or kept at 40 degrees.” In all of these cases, the bricks have been cold and exposed to freezing wea...

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