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Energies 2018, 11(8), 2031; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11082031

A Framework for Green Remodeling Enabling Energy Efficiency and Healthy Living for the Elderly

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Department of Interior and Environmental Design, Keimyung University, Daegu 42601, Korea
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Keimyung University, Daegu 42601, Korea
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Department of Housing and Interior Design, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Received: 7 July 2018 / Revised: 29 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 6 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Energy)
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This study proposes a framework for green remodeling for the elderly that emphasizes the role of designers and the notion of aging in place. Energy efficiency is critical for older persons because many of them spend more time at home and are less likely to heat and cool their homes appropriately. Improving the energy performance of the elderly’s housing by green remodeling could promote energy efficiency and healthy living for the elderly. Based on remodeling components derived from related work, key factors to be considered regarding the remodeling for the elderly were investigated. A framework for green remodeling enabling energy efficiency was developed for home upgrades for the elderly. Identifying the area of application and critical components for energy efficiency helps improve the energy performance for the elderly. This study is significant because it considers the elderly’s characteristics and experiences in the development of a sustainable remodeling process rather than new-building construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy efficiency; home remodeling; healthy living; sustainability; elderly’s housing energy efficiency; home remodeling; healthy living; sustainability; elderly’s housing
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Park, S.J.; Kim, M.J. A Framework for Green Remodeling Enabling Energy Efficiency and Healthy Living for the Elderly. Energies 2018, 11, 2031.

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