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Curtis, Roger (2012) Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings: Initiatives by Historic Scotland. APT Bulletin, Vol. 43 (No. 2/3).

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As a result of the potential impacts of climate change, significant attention is being paid to the energy efficiency of older buildings. Legislation passed by the Scottish Government (the Climate Change Act 2009) has set the most demanding reduction targets in Europe, and the built environment, especially housing, has some challenging targets to reach. In all sectors an 80% reduction of C02 emissions is required by 2050, with an intermediate target of a 42% reduction by 2020, now set in law. In addressing energy-efficiency improve ments to any property, Historic Scot land believes that a hierarchy should be followed — addressing occupant behav iors first, then heating and lighting efficiencies, only then followed by fabric improvements. The use of solar panels, wind and water turbines, and ground and air-source heat pumps, as well as biomass heating systems, all have a place in some projects, but only follow ing these prior actions. This sequence of actions, as well as wider considerations, is described in the Climate Change Action Plan for Historic Scotland, re leased in March 2012, which forms the higher-level guidance for the sustainable management of the properties in the care of Historic Scotland.1 This paper discusses fabric improve ments in stone-built domestic structures, including key areas of intervention that have been tested and the initial results, and seeks to demonstrate that improve ments can be achieved without losing or compromising existing fabric. Some of the interventions described are suitable for buildings of all types, including those with statutory protection. During the research program, an emphasis was placed on minimal generation of waste and maximizing the reuse of all compo nents. The article secondly considers wider, non-fabric-specific issues concern ing retrofit, such as indoor air quality and the delivery of thermal comfort. It concludes with a summary of planned future research work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fabric improvements, energy efficiency, energy reduction, retrofitting, thermal comfort, building envelope
Subjects: ?? build ??
English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 12:10
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 10:31

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