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Zero carbon buildings refurbishment––A Hierarchical pathway

Xing, Yangang, Hewitt, Neil and Griffiths, Philip (2011) Zero carbon buildings refurbishment––A Hierarchical pathway. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15 (6). pp. 3229-3236. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2011.04.020


Buildings account for almost half of energy consumptions in European countries and energy demand in building continues to grow worldwide. Fossil fuels are finite reserves. Impacts of peak oil will be perceived soon or later in the next decades. The scale of the challenge in reducing fossil fuel dependency in the built environment is vast and will require a dramatic increase in skills and awareness amongst the construction professions. Building refurbishment towards zero carbon is established itself as one critical aspect to decouple from fossil fuels and tackle with future energy crisis. However, it is a very complex phenomenon cuts across disciplines. This paper categorises a range of technologies for building refurbishment in a sequential manner. A hierarchical process with embedded techniques (insulations, energy efficient equipment and micro-generation) is presented in this paper as a pathway towards zero-carbon building refurbishment.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
Built Environment Research Institute
ID Code:18616
Deposited By: Professor Neil Hewitt
Deposited On:23 May 2011 14:04
Last Modified:23 May 2011 14:04

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