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Using historic cases to formulate appropriate sustainable building refurbishment strategy

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posted on 07.10.2016, 09:50 by Thomas S.T. Ng, J. Xu, Chimay J. Anumba, Kevin Lomas
Existing buildings are indispensable in a society and they will continue to exist until they reach the end of their service or economic life. While it is crucial to upkeep existing buildings, enhancing their sustainability is equally important as the energy performance of some older properties is usually less than satisfactory. Despite that, it is never easy for citizens to establish which is the most suitable sustainable refurbishment strategy for their properties. If historic cases can be captured and represented systematically, owners and occupants living in properties of similar types can review the outcomes of these cases to decide whether some sustainable building refurbishment solutions adopted by the others before are applicable to their property. In the paper, a prototype case-based reasoning model for sustainable building refurbishment is proposed. This paper demonstrates how to make use of the proposed model to retrieve and reuse previous cases to derive suitable sustainable building refurbishment strategies for existing buildings.


The authors would like to thank the Research Grants Council of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and The University of Hong Kong for their financial support through the General Research Fund (Grant No.: 7160/11) and CRCG Seed Funding for Basic Research (Grant No.: 201111159093).



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Proc. World Sustainable Building Conf. B14


208 - 214


NG, T. ... et al., 2014. Using historic cases to formulate appropriate sustainable building refurbishment strategy. IN: Proceedings of the 2014 World Sustainable Building conference (WSB14), Barcelona, Spain, 28-30 October 2014, vol. 1., pp.208-214.


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