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Zero carbon buildings refurbishment - A Hierarchical pathway

Xing, Yangang, Hewitt, Neil and Griffiths, Philip 2011. Zero carbon buildings refurbishment - A Hierarchical pathway. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15 (6) , pp. 3229-3236. 10.1016/j.rser.2011.04.020

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Abstract

Buildings account for almost half of energy consumptions in European countries and energy demand in building continues to grow worldwide. Fossil fuels are finite reserves. Impacts of peak oil will be perceived soon or later in the next decades. The scale of the challenge in reducing fossil fuel dependency in the built environment is vast and will require a dramatic increase in skills and awareness amongst the construction professions. Building refurbishment towards zero carbon is established itself as one critical aspect to decouple from fossil fuels and tackle with future energy crisis. However, it is a very complex phenomenon cuts across disciplines. This paper categorises a range of technologies for building refurbishment in a sequential manner. A hierarchical process with embedded techniques (insulations, energy efficient equipment and micro-generation) is presented in this paper as a pathway towards zero-carbon building refurbishment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TH Building construction
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building refurbishment; Zero carbon; Renewable applications
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1364-0321
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:07
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/9409

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