Joined: 14 Aug. 2003
From: Christchurch New Zealand
A recent wall-paper was illustrating the inside of, what was fairly obviously, a very old cottage.
The stone-built walls would seem to have been, at a guess, about 18" thick.
I realise that, at least one of the reasons for such construction was a form of insulation, or temperature-regulation.
What I would like to wonder about is, whilst such walls would take quite a few cold days to get to the stage where the cold would be felt within the room, once the weather started to warm up, would it not take equally as long for the walls to conduct the heat back into the room ?
Thus, the way that I see it is that, even inside the building, and with a fire, or fires, on there would still be a long period of time necessary for the rooms to gain the milder temperatures again.
Thus, the overall effect would be not to shorten the cold period, just delay it by a given time but the warming-up would be equally delayed.
I would very much doubt if such walls would be built with an internal cavity such as later buildings, especially those constructed in brick, were. This is fairly effective way of basic insulation. I know, from personal experience, that such a provision was built into buildings in South Australia at least.
And remember - don't sweat the petty things - and don't pet the sweaty things.