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Energy retrofitting of existing housing at community scale: UK experience

Jones, Phillip John ORCID: 2014. Energy retrofitting of existing housing at community scale: UK experience. ECGB (Eco-City and Green Building) , pp. 28-35.

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In order for our communities to fully function in future they must be maintained in good quality with an efficient and effective energy and environmental performance. Background issues of energy, legislation, potential and actual CO2 savings, socio-economics (payback, fuel poverty, health impacts, employment stimulus, etc) are discussed. Different potential retrofit strategies for the housing stock are presented. Three large-scale housing retrofit programmes in Wales, UK are analysed for energy savings (using the Energy and Environmental Prediction Model), CO2 reduction and costs. Two 'whole house' retrofit projects in Wales are also briefly assessed, one of which has been the subject of long term monitoring. Data is compared on a range of retrofit options: different strategies (elemental, multiple and whole-house measures), costs, actual CO2 reductions and associated benefits. The findings indicate that as the cost of measures rise in relation of the predicted savings, reasonable paybacks will be difficult to achieve. There are funding opportunities for installing 'shallow' elemental measures to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 - 30%. However, the large scale financing of 'deep' (60 - 80% reductions) funding for whole house packages of measures is not currently available and does not offer an acceptable pay back.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Language other than English: Chinese
Publisher: ECGB
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:34

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