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Alao, O O and Jagboro, G O (2017) Assessment of causative factors for project abandonment in Nigerian public tertiary educational institutions. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(01), 41–62.

Bendixen, M and Koch, C (2007) Negotiating visualizations in briefing and design. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 42–53.

Bresnen, M (2017) Being careful what we wish for? Challenges and opportunities afforded through engagement with business and management research. Construction Management and Economics, 35(01), 24-34.

Ewenstein, B and Whyte, J K (2007) Visual representations as ‘artefacts of knowing’. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 81–9.

Gerges, M, Mayouf, M, Rumley, P and Moore, D (2017) Human behaviour under fire situations in high-rise residential building. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(01), 90–106.

Hallowell, M R, Alexander, D and Gambatese, J A (2017) Energy-based safety risk assessment: Does magnitude and intensity of energy predict injury severity?. Construction Management and Economics, 35(01), 64-77.

Hartmann, T and Fischer, M (2007) Supporting the constructability review with 3D/4D models. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 70–80.

Henderson, K (2007) Achieving legitimacy: visual discourses in engineering design and green building code development. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 6–17.

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Koskela, L (2017) Why is management research irrelevant?. Construction Management and Economics, 35(01), 4-23.

Luck, R (2007) Using artefacts to mediate understanding in design conversations. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 28–41.

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Spennemann, D H, Pike, M and Watson, M J (2017) Effects of acid pigeon excreta on building conservation. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(01), 2–15.

Styre, A (2017) Thinking about materiality: The value of a construction management and engineering view. Construction Management and Economics, 35(01), 35-44.

Traska, G (2007) Designing renovation: the building as planning material. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 54–69.

Unwin, S (2007) Analysing architecture through drawing. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 101–10.

Whyte, J K, Ewenstein, B, Hales, M and Tidd, J (2007) Visual practices and the objects used in design. Building Research & Information, 35(01), 18–27.

Zuhaib, S, Manton, R, Hajdukiewicz, M, Keane, M M and Goggins, J (2017) Attitudes and approaches of Irish retrofit industry professionals towards achieving nearly zero-energy buildings. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(01), 16–40.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Stakeholders; Energy efficiency; Construction professionals; Nearly zero-energy buildings; Retrofit industry;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 2398-4708
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-07-2016-0015
  • Abstract:
    There is profound demand for higher skills and expertise in retrofitting the existing building stock of Europe. The delivery of low- or nearly zero-energy retrofits is highly dependent on technical expertise, adoption of new materials, methods of construction and innovative technologies. Future Irish national building regulations will adopt the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive vision of retrofitting existing buildings to higher energy efficiency standards. Construction industry stakeholders are key for the achievement of energy performance targets. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to assess the attitudes, approaches and experiences of Irish construction professionals regarding energy efficient buildings, particularly nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs). Design/methodology/approach Data were collected through a series of quantitative and qualitative methods, including a survey, a workshop and detailed interviews with professionals in the retrofit industry. The structure of this approach was informed by preliminary data and information available on the Irish construction sector. Findings There is a substantial amount of ambiguity and reluctance among the professionals in reaching the Irish nZEB targets. The growing retrofit industry demonstrates low-quality auditing and pre/post-retrofit analysis. Basic services and depth of retrofits are compromised by project budgets and marginal profits. Unaligned value supply chain, poor interaction among nZEB professionals and fragmented services are deterrents to industry standardisation. Practical implications This study will enable construction industry stakeholders to make provisions for overcoming the barriers, gaps and challenges identified in the practices of the retrofit projects. It will also inform the formulation of policies that drive retrofit uptake. Social implications This study has implications for understanding the social barriers existing in retrofit projects. Support from clients/owners has a diverse impact on energy performance and retrofit decisions. Community-based initiatives are key to unlock the promotion of nZEBs. Originality/value This paper provides an overview of current activities of retrofit professionals and analyses the barriers, gaps and challenges in the industry.