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Buildings 2013, 3(1), 278-299; doi:10.3390/buildings3010278

Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment

School of Architecture, University of Lincoln, Brayford Campus, Lincoln, LN6 7TS, UK
Received: 29 January 2013 / Revised: 25 February 2013 / Accepted: 25 February 2013 / Published: 13 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Design and Construction)
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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 refurbishment; sustainability; housing; Life Cycle Assessment; user satisfaction; comfort; energy consumption
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Sodagar, B. Sustainability Potentials of Housing Refurbishment. Buildings 2013, 3, 278-299.

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