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An advanced refurbishment evaluation methodology for modernist office buildings

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posted on 2023-01-20, 13:40 authored by Ozlem Duran, Kevin LomasKevin Lomas

The energy used in non-domestic buildings accounts for 18 % of the energy use in the UK. Modernist office buildings, typically defined as those built between 1945 and 1985, represent a promising sector for refurbishment and energy demand reduction. This paper aims to present an advanced methodology for refurbishing modernist office buildings. The methodology involves creating an archetypal building model which is assessed by using sensitivity analysis to evaluate representativeness and develop insight into the most effective refurbishment design parameters. For this, a parametric study, using dynamic thermal simulation modelling, was undertaken for a representative modernist office building model, located in London, UK. Combinations of heating and passive cooling refurbishment measures were applied to the representative model. The results showed the suggested methodology provides an improved understanding of refurbishment solutions and draws out useful pathways to enhance existing approaches to refurbishment. 


The UK Doctoral Training Centre in Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Proceedings of the XIIth International Sinan Symposium


149 - 164


XIIth International Sinan Symposium


Trakya Üniversitesi / Trakya University


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Part or all of this work may not be reproduced or copied in any way without the permission of the Trakya University Rectorate. The responsibility of the paper belongs entirely to the authors. The International Sinan Symposium secretariat, editors or organizing committee cannot be held responsible for any deficiencies or inaccuracies attributed to the content and format of the related papers.

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Sennur Akansel; Rukiye Duygu Çay; İsmet Osmanoğlu


Edirne, Turkey (Online)

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8th April 2021 - 9th April 2021


Prof Kevin Lomas. Deposit date: 19 January 2023

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