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

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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.

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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., pp. 221-227.

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Published date: April 2006
Venue - Dates: Proceedings 2nd International Conference of Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates (REMIC 2), 2006-04-26 - 2006-04-28

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Local EPrints ID: 53476
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/53476
PURE UUID: 705863d5-deeb-4964-8da0-1ea8003c7bfb
ORCID for A.S. Bahaj: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-6045

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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:38

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