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Buildings 2018, 8(2), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8020022

Towards Zero-Emission Refurbishment of Historic Buildings: A Literature Review

Department of Architecture and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Received: 5 December 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Built Heritage: Conservation vs. Emergencies)
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Nowadays, restoration interventions that aim for minimum environmental impact are conceived for recent buildings. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced using criteria met within a life-cycle analysis, while energy saving is achieved with cost-effective retrofitting actions that secure higher benefits in terms of comfort. However, conservation, restoration and retrofitting interventions in historic buildings do not have the same objectives as in modern buildings. Additional requirements have to be followed, such as the use of materials compatible with the original and the preservation of authenticity to ensure historic, artistic, cultural and social values over time. The paper presents a systematic review—at the intersection between environmental sustainability and conservation—of the state of the art of current methodological approaches applied in the sustainable refurbishment of historic buildings. It identifies research gaps in the field and highlights the paradox seen in the Scandinavian countries that are models in applying environmentally sustainable policies but still poor in integrating preservation issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: historic buildings; environmental sustainability; conservation; literature review; method; maintenance; refurbishment; Scandinavian countries historic buildings; environmental sustainability; conservation; literature review; method; maintenance; refurbishment; Scandinavian countries
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