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Ade, R and Rehm, M (2021) RETRACTED ARTICLE: A summertime thermal analysis of certified green apartments for older people. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 949–60.

González-Prieto, D, Fernández-Nava, Y, Marañón, E and Prieto, M M (2021) Environmental life cycle assessment based on the retrofitting of a twentieth-century heritage building in Spain, with electricity decarbonization scenarios. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 859–77.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Life cycle assessment; heritage building retrofit; decarbonization; climate change mitigation; renewable energy;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2021.1952400
  • Abstract:
    The aim of this study is to estimate the environmental impacts associated with modernization measures that improve the energy efficiency of an office building listed as of cultural interest and located in northern Spain, a region with an Atlantic climate. European Climate Action for 2020-2030 sets a long-term goal of achieving neutrality of greenhouse gas emissions and towards the end of 2019 the Spanish Government presented its Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. It is of interest to the international audience to know how energy policies can affect decisions on building retrofitting to improve sustainability: reduction in energy consumption, climate change and other environmental impacts. A life cycle assessment was carried out for the retrofitting of the building envelope and different energy supply scenarios: only electricity from the electricity mix (scenario of reference that of 2018, and decarbonisation scenarios proposed for 2020 and 2030), and the installation of heat pump and photovoltaic panels. The impacts will decrease 40% for Global Warming Potential and 15% for Cumulative Energy Demand in 2030 with respect to the reference scenario. These reductions will further increase up to 54 and 61%, respectively, if photovoltaic panels and a heat pump are implemented.

Jens, K and Gregg, J S (2021) The impact on human behaviour in shared building spaces as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 827–41.

Loosemore, M, Alkilani, S Z and Hammad, A W A (2021) The job-seeking experiences of migrants and refugees in the Australian construction industry. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 912–29.

Marocco, M and Garofolo, I (2021) Operational text-mining methods for enhancing building maintenance management. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 893–911.

Prieto, A J (2021) Fuzzy systems in the digital management of heritage timber buildings in South Chile. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 878–92.

Wang, W, Gao, S, Mi, L, Xing, J, Shang, K, Qiao, Y, Fu, Y, Ni, G and Xu, N (2021) Exploring the adoption of BIM amidst the COVID-19 crisis in China. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 930–47.

Woo, J, Rajagopalan, P, Francis, M and Garnawat, P (2021) An indoor environmental quality assessment of office spaces at an urban Australian university. Building Research & Information, 49(08), 842–58.