RKH Architecture has attained a unique understanding of building science and the correlation between traditional and historic building practices with those of a “modern” sustainable science. A complete and comprehensive analysis and understanding of both is necessary to address the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic places without compromising those elements and situ that comprise the heritage of built environment.
Building science is defined as the focus on the analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings. More specifically it is the detailed analysis of the building materials and building envelope. RKH Architecture experience in the analysis and assessment of historic buildings has provided them with direct experience in the observation of both short and long term effects of these physical influence on the life and performance of buildings, such as:
• Weather (sun, wind, precipitation and temperature)
• Subterranean (groundwater, frost, movement)
• Materials (corrosion, incompatibility between materials, UV, chemical)
• Usage (wear and tear, use changes and modifications)