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Buildings 2018, 8(3), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8030042

A Methodology for Integrated Refurbishment Actions in School Buildings

Department of Civil Engineering and Natural Hazards, Institute for Structural Engineering, Working Group Sustainable Constructions, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna 1190, Austria
Received: 31 December 2017 / Revised: 13 March 2018 / Accepted: 14 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
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Educational buildings could play leading roles in increasing high-performance building refurbishments across Europe. The city of Vienna has substantially modernized its schools in the last decade, however mostly single refurbishment measures have been undertaken. This is missing the potential of comprehensive and more energy-efficient actions as well as functional adaptations, which become ever more important as school and learning systems are changing. Institutional framework conditions, budget constraints as well as the lack of a coherent methodology have been identified as the main barriers in this context. The research question addresses how qualitative aspects, such as architecture and function, as well as quantitative aspects, such as energy consumption, could be combined in a methodology that can be easily applied by relevant stakeholders. What would a methodology that actively supports stakeholders in their decision-making process for more comprehensive school refurbishments look like? This paper describes a potential approach and its application in a case study. The proposed methodology supports the development of energy- and functionally optimized refurbishment concepts, with a focus on the synergies between energy-related optimizations and state-of-the-art functional room concepts in order to do justice to the changing learning requirements in schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: educational buildings; school buildings; energy efficiency; energy concepts; building refurbishment; functional refurbishment; integrated refurbishment actions educational buildings; school buildings; energy efficiency; energy concepts; building refurbishment; functional refurbishment; integrated refurbishment actions
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