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Introduction of the HELTH project

The way of life and the ways of heating houses have changed over the years. Modern people have different requirements on comfort, function, and energy-efficiency of houses. Modern ways of heating change the indoor climate of a house potentially leading to moisture loads, risk of water vapour condensation and mould which has an impact on the durability and quality of both wooden and stone houses. Both the health of the houses and the habitants may be at risk.

The three year long HELTH project develops optimal solutions for how traditional rural houses could be renovated to achieve healthy and energy-efficient living conditions.

The project concerns traditional rural houses which are built before 1940 and are heated all year round, periodically or are unheated. Estonian, Finnish and Swedish researchers analyse different heating and ventilation strategies to reduce fuel usage and carbon emissions and to guarantee good and healthy indoor climate, longer durability and better energy performance. By creating simulation software, researchers can find out the influence of renovation solutions on indoor climate, energy efficiency and hygrothermal performance. The project is also organising training for house owners on how they can use their houses in more energy efficient ways.