Removing the destructive effects of moisture on buildings and historical monuments

There are hundreds of references in EU countries, mainly historical buildings, that have been affected by floods or the destructive effect of moisture, due to high groundwater.

After the reunification of Germany, the block of flats in Eastern Berlin, were mostly renovated with calcium silicate boards. In the northern countries, generally in the harbor areas, the basements of the buildings are refurbished with these extremely efficient, cheap and easy to install solutions.

In Austria, renovation of buildings affected by moisture with these calcium silicate boards, became a tradition. Old facades, with different ornaments, where applying a new layer of insulation is not approved, the thermal rehabilitation of the wall structure is carried out – in the vast majority of cases – with the application of calcium silicate boards to the inner surface of the exterior walls.

In Eastern Europe, this solution is becoming more and more widespread, thanks to its ease of execution and economy. In Romania, this solution was applied to the renovation of some schools, which are historical monuments, but many thermal insulation or full rehabilitation of walls affected by moisture and dampness, have been achieved.

In Sfântu Gheorghe (Covasna), the * Bazar * building (historical monument built in the 18th century) was affected by moisture and the entire basement was badly affected by dampness. For three decades, the basement was not used, with internal structures being degraded. With the help of the county council, the chief architect of the city decided to carry out the renovation works with calcium silicate boards. Today, the basement with an area of over 240 m2, is used as an art gallery.
In Romania, there are over 50 references, renovated buildings – public buildings, historical monuments, schools, hospitals, clinics, villas and flats, built in the communist years, so called * golden age *.

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