The treatment of rising damp in the walls of historic buildings is very complex, due to the thickness and
heterogeneity of the walls. The techniques traditionally used for dealing with this problem (such as watertight
barriers, injection of hydrofuge products, etc.) have sometimes proved ineffective, and that is why it is necessary
to find a new approach.
In recent years, the Building Physics Laboratory at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto has been
conducting experimental research on the effectiveness of the wall base ventilation system, using natural or
mechanical higro-regulate systems to reduce the level of the damp area. This experimental research and the
simulations that were performed, clearly show that wall base ventilation is a system with potential.
This paper presents the characterization of the hygro-regulated systems¿ operation based on experimental
studies developed in laboratory, which allowed the influence of the velocity of the air, condensation risk and the
possibility of salt crystallization. This will also present the results of measurements conducted in churches in the
North of Portugal in which these systems were implemented, with the purpose of validating its operation and
establishing criteria for programming the ventilator.
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