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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1477;

Adoption of Energy Design Strategies for Retrofitting Mass Housing Estates in Northern Cyprus

School of Architecture, Computing & Engineering, University of East London, London E16 2RD, UK
Department of Architectural Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, UAE
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Received: 28 June 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 13 August 2017 / Published: 21 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - ZEMCH 2016)
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This research project is undertaken in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (T.R.N.C.). The objective of the research is to investigate the occupants’ behaviour and role in the refurbishment activity by exploring how and why occupants decide to change building systems and how to understand why and how occupants consider using energy-efficient measurements. The housing estates are chosen from 16 different projects in four different regions of the T.R.N.C. that include urban and suburban areas. The study is conducted through semi-structured interviews to identify occupants’ behaviour as it is associated with refurbishment activity. This paper presents the results of semi-structured interviews with 70 homeowners in a selected group of 16 housing estates in four different parts of the T.R.N.C. Alongside the construction process and its impact on the environment, the results point out the need for control mechanisms in the housing sector to promote and support the adoption of retrofit strategies and to minimise non-controlled refurbishment activities. The results demonstrate that European Union Energy Efficiency directives need not only inform households about technological improvements that can be installed in their residential properties, but should also strongly encourage and incentivise them to use them efficiently. Furthermore, the occupants’ energy consumption behaviour and the applicable policy interventions will make the difference between implementing policy which in fact delivers on its aims for energy efficiency and sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction process; energy efficiency; refurbishment activity; retrofitting; Cyprus construction process; energy efficiency; refurbishment activity; retrofitting; Cyprus

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