Reducing CO2 emissions through refurbishment of non-domestic UK buildings

Andrew Peacock, Phillip Frank Gower Banfill, Seyhan Turan, David P Jenkins, Marcus Ahadzi, Graeme Bowles, David Kane, Marcus Newborough, Philip Eames, Harjit Singh, Timothy Jackson, Alison Berry

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Abstract

Recent research by the Tyndall Centre in the UK has suggested that a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions will be required by 2030 to mitigate the worst impacts of global climate change. In the UK, approximately 11% of CO2 emissions are attributable to non-domestic buildings. Of the UK non-domestic stock that will be present in 2030, approximately 75% will have been constructed before 2005. Consequently, refurbishment of existing buildings is likely to strongly influence whether these emissions reduction targets are met. This paper catalogues interim research outcomes from a research project (TARBASE) whose aim is to identify technological pathways for delivering a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions of existing UK buildings by 2030. This investigation describes the approach as applied to the non-domestic sector. The approach taken was to describe a series of non-domestic building variants, chosen due to their prominence in the stock as a whole and also by their ability when taken together to describe the range of construction methods found in UK buildings. Technological interventions, grouped by building fabric, ventilation, appliances and on-site generation (of both heat and power) as applied to the building variants were investigated. Their applicability was determined with respect to energy and CO2 emission savings. Emerging research findings from the application of this deployment methodology to mitigation and adaptation strategies for the existing built environment are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Pages73-82
Number of pages10
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event5th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 Apr 200811 Apr 2008

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Abbreviated titleIEECB’08
CountryGermany
CityFrankfurt
Period10/04/0811/04/08

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    Peacock, A., Banfill, P. F. G., Turan, S., Jenkins, D. P., Ahadzi, M., Bowles, G., Kane, D., Newborough, M., Eames, P., Singh, H., Jackson, T., & Berry, A. (2010). Reducing CO2 emissions through refurbishment of non-domestic UK buildings. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (Vol. 1, pp. 73-82)