Effectiveness of Methods against Rising Damp in Buildings

Rising damp is a recurrent hazard to heritage buildings and its relevance is expected to increase in the future, due to climate changes. The wide and differentiated offer of products and methods against rising damp, together with the scarce and fragmented scientific information on their effectiveness, make it difficult (even) for the professionals working in the field to choose a suitable intervention on a sound basis.

The aims of the EMERISDA project are to come to a scientifically based evaluation of the effectiveness of different methods against rising damp and to a define a decision support tool for a conscious choice and application of these methods in the practice of conservation.

The co-operation between research institutes, conservation authorities and SMEs guarantees easy access to documentation on case studies, independent and scientifically based evaluation of interventions, and successful dissemination of results.

Damage to the stone columns of the St Bavo church in Haarlem (The Netherlands) due to the presence of rising damp and salts


Funder: EU
Programme: Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change
Overall budget: € 596.194
Grant amount: € 578.079
Contribution to TU Delft: € 50.000
Role TU Delft:  Project partner
Project duration: January 2014 - January 2017
TU Delft researchers:                 Dr. Barbara Lubelli
MSc. Jan Bolhuis
Prof.ir. Rob van Hees
MSc. Linda Miedema

Project partners

Belgian Building Research Institute, Cultural Heritage Agency, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate - Italian National Research Council, Universita’ Ca’ Foscari, Restauri Speciali (SME), Diasen (industry)


Dr. Barbara Lubelli