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Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment
School of Architecture, University of Lincoln, Brayford Campus, Lincoln, LN6 7TS, UK
Received: 29 January 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2013 / Accepted: 25 February 2013 / Published: 13 March 2013
Abstract: 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; comfort; energy consumption
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Sodagar, B. Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment. Buildings 2013, 3, 278-299.
Sodagar B. Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment. Buildings. 2013; 3(1):278-299.
Sodagar, Behzad. 2013. "Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment." Buildings 3, no. 1: 278-299.