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Dr. Sara Pavia

Associate Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

 Sustainable construction in Saudi Arabia.
 Retrofitting for energy performance.
 Repair and Conservation of Portland Stone: The Four Courts Dome.
 Irish bio-composites for building.
 Improvement of the quality of lime mortars. Lime mortar masonry project.

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Member of RILEM Technical Committee BBM: Bio-aggregate based building materials. Since 2010
Member of the European Committee for standarisation of limes (CEN, WG11, TG1)with responsability for the evaluation and validation of the physical testing methods and chemical analysis of limes. Since 2006
Materials Audits for the conservation of National Monuments, National Monuments, Irish Government. 1995-2001
Conservation advisor: Office of Public Works. 2001-Present
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Basic
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Influence of the Type of Binder on the Properties of Lime-Hemp Concrete in, editor(s)Llinares-Millán, C., Fernandez-Plazaola, I., Hidalgo-Delgado, F., Martínez-Valenzuela, M.M., Medina-Ramon, F.J., Oliver-Faubel, I., Rodriguez-Abad, I., Salandin, A., Sanchez-Grandia, R., Tort-Ausina, I. , Construction and Building Research part V, Springer, 2014, pp505 - 515, [R. Walker and S. Pavía ], Notes: [XIII, 553 p. 272 il. doi 10.1007/978-94-007-7790-3_61], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
R. Walker and S. Pavía , Moisture transfer and thermal properties of hemp-lime concretes, Construction and Building Materials, 64, 2014, p270 - 276, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R. Walker, S. Pavía, R. Mitchell , Mechanical properties and durability of hemp-lime concretes , Construction and Building Materials , 61, 2014, p340 - 348, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
S. Pavía, R. Walker, P. Veale, A. Wood,, Impact of the properties and reactivity of rice husk ash (RHA) on lime mortar properties, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2014, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Influence of the mechanical properties of lime mortar on the strength of brick masonry in, editor(s)Jan Valek, John J. Hughes and Caspar J.W.P. Groot , RILEM bookseries Vol. 7. Historic Mortars: Characterisation, Assessment and Repair, Springer New York, 2013, pp359 - 372, [A. Costigan and S. Pavia], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
S. Pavia and O. Brennan, Portland cement-lime mortars for conservation , 3rd Historic Mortars Conference (HMC13) University of the West of Scotland Glasgow, , Scotland, September 2013, edited by J Hughes , 2013, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
A.Costigan and S. Pavia, Effect of outdoor curing on the strength and stiffness of lime mortar and masonry., Journal of the Building Limes Forum , 20, 2013, p12 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
M.Murphy, E.McGovern, S.Pavia , Historic Building Information Modelling - Adding intelligence to laser and image based surveys of European classical architecture, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 76, 2013, p89 - 102, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
R. Walker and S Pavia, Impact of water retainers in lime hemp concrete with pozzolans., Journal of the Building Limes Forum, 20, 2013, p32 - 40, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R. Patterson and S. Pavía, Influence of loading rate and specimen geometry on lime mortar strength, Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland (BCRI) Conference, Dublin, September, 2012, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Fellow of Trinity College 2013
Research Fellow, IER, Gobierno de La Rioja, Spain 1989
Construction material science and technology. Sustainable construction. Building limes and lime mortars. Pozzolans. Physical and chemical properties and their testing methods. Standarisation of testing methods and quality. Sustainable lime composites including hemp or industrial waste products. Lime mortar technology, mortar execution, interaction with masonry units and durability. Stone and ceramics: Raw materials, industrial and traditional production methods, physical and chemical properties, durability and decay. Repair and conservation of historic masonry. Ceramic technology. Construction technology. Consolidants and water repellents. Archaeometry.