Sustainability potentials of housing refurbishment

Sodagar, Behzad (2013) Sustainability potentials of housing refurbishment. Buildings, 3 (1). pp. 278-299. ISSN 2075-5309

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The benefits of choosing refurbishment over new build have recently been
brought into focus for reducing environmental impacts of buildings. This is due to the fact
that the existing buildings will comprise the majority of the total building stocks for years
to come and hence will remain responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions
from the sector. This paper investigates the total potentials of sustainable refurbishment
and conversion of the existing buildings by adopting a holistic approach to sustainability.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and questionnaires have been used to analyse the
environmental impact savings (Co2e), improved health and well-being, and satisfaction of
people living in refurbished homes. The results reported in the paper are based on a two
year externally funded research project completed in January 2013.

Keywords:refurbishment; sustainability; housing; Life Cycle Assessment; user satisfaction;
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:7944
Deposited On:08 Mar 2013 16:23

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