Assessing the Renovation of Existing Residential Buildings Regarding Environmental Efficiency

Heng Zhang, Siu Lai Lei

Abstract


Renovation of buildings is a sustainable way to keep the built environment functional. Thus, it is important to find a way to assess the efficiency of a renovation activity. Besides functionality, which is the basic requirement for any building, sustainability has also become a significant factor due to the environmental challenges we face today. This study adopts principles of environmental efficiency in proposing an assessment framework for existing residential buildings that simultaneously reflects functionality and sustainability. A pilot study demonstrates the proposed framework provides useful information for prioritizing critical renovation issues, leading to notable improvements in functionality and sustainability.

Keywords: Environmental efficiency; functional quality; environmental loading; existing residential building

eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 


Keywords


Environmental efficiency; functional quality; environmental loading; existing residential building

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21834/ajbes.v3i9.60

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