Impact of climate change on cultural heritage: A simulation study to assess the risks for conservation and thermal comfort

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-406
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal Of Global Warming (Ijgw)
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Artefacts conservation
  • Church
  • Climate change
  • Computational model
  • Cultural heritage
  • Historic building
  • Hygrothermal behaviour
  • Preventive conservation
  • Risk-based analysis
  • Thermal comfort

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