B-space: pre-refurbishment assessment and classification of building facades

James, P.A.B., Jentsch, M.F. and Bahaj, A.S. (2006) B-space: pre-refurbishment assessment and classification of building facades. In, Proceedings 2nd International Conference of Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates (REMIC 2). , REMIC, 221-227.


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Improving the energy performance of existing buildings is a key target of the EU to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions. However, many refurbishments in the commercial building sector are primarily cosmetic and do not appropriately address the users’ demands for the indoor environment. Consequently these refurbishments fail to improve the comfort quality and therefore achieve low user acceptance values. A pre-refurbishment assessment of present building conditions and occupant profiles alongside energy efficiency considerations is therefore a prudent approach to successful refurbishment. This paper describes a software tool termed B-space (Building Simulation through Parametric Analysis of Comfort and Energy) designed for pre-refurbishment assessment of commercial buildings. It provides a database platform combined with simulation routines addressing the thermal and comfort performance of the building. B-space estimates the building’s carbon footprint and gives an energy performance rating relative to the UK building stock. The complexity of inputs is kept at an understandable level that allows building assessment without extensive prior training and time commitment, making B-space a tool that can be applied at early consultancy stages for bodies that seek to improve their buildings’ performance.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53476
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2006Published
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/53476

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