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Martínez-Molina, Antonio and Tort-Ausina, Isabel and Cho, Soolyeon and Vivancos, José-Luis (2016) Energy efficiency and thermal comfort in historic buildings: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 61. pp. 70-85.

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In recent years, energy efficiency and thermal comfort in historic buildings have become high-interest topics among scholars. Research has demonstrated that retrofitting buildings to current energy efficiency and thermal comfort standards is essential for improving sustainability and energy performance and for maintaining built heritage of historic structures. This study is an extensive overview of the literature surrounding this topic. This paper summarizes the different methods and techniques that have been used around the world to achieve performance refurbishments. Articles are organized based on the different building types used as case studies (residential, religious, academic and palace, museums, libraries and theaters, urban areas, and others). The results reveal that residential, religious and museum building types, especially from the last two centuries, have been most often used as case studies. Moreover, Europe, particularly Italy, is leading the research. The aim of this note is to demonstrate the feasibility of maintaining built heritage values of historic buildings while achieving significant improvements in their energy efficiency and thermal comfort.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy-efficiency; Thermal comfort; Historic buildings; Building preservation; Sustainability
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 12:43
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 09:49

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