Decision support tools in energy-led, non-domestic building refurbishment: Towards a generic model for property professionals

Megan Strachan, Phillip Frank Gower Banfill

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    Abstract

    Purpose – Pressure is growing globally for larger businesses to improve the energy performance of
    the buildings in which they operate. Property or facility managers are usually responsible for these
    improvements through energy-led refurbishment. The number and complexity of possible
    interventions pose challenges that these professionals attempt to meet by using decision support
    tools (DSTs). The work aims to identify key features of DSTs for energy-led building refurbishment
    and define an optimum approach.
    Design/methodology/approach – A desk study examined ten DSTs reported in the available
    literature and evaluated them against a set of desirable attributes that a property or facility manager
    would value for this task.
    Findings – The results of the desk study concluded that no DST offers every feature and that there is
    an opportunity for a new DST for energy-led refurbishment. An optimum DST template is proposed,
    consisting of a seven-step process from assessment of the existing state of the building through to
    continuous evaluation and improvement of the refurbished building.
    Originality/value – The work combines the best features of available DSTs into a novel optimised
    strategy for energy-led refurbishment of non-domestic buildings, which is geographically non-specific
    and could be applied anywhere in the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)374-395
    JournalFacilities
    Volume30
    Issue number9/10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

    Keywords

    • Energy
    • Refurbishment
    • Decision support systems
    • Facilities

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