Life cycle energy assessment of retrofitting alternatives for mass social housing

Victor Bunster, Waldo Bustamante, Cristian Schmitt, Mathew Aitchison

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Energy retrofitting yields great potential as a means to reduce the environmental loadings of buildings; however, the scope of these measures is often limited to the operational stage of buildings. This study contributes to the development of more comprehensive approaches to energy retrofitting by quantifying the life cycle energy loadings of different envelope solutions for Chilean mass social housing. Overall, the results suggest that increasing the thermal requirements of retrofitting solutions beyond current regulation can significantly increase the environmental performance of the existing building stock due to their capacity to reduce operational loadings without a major increase in embodied energy requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImaginable Futures: Design Thinking, and the Scientific Method
Subtitle of host publication54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2020
EditorsAli Ghaffarianhoseini, Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Nicola Naismith
Place of PublicationAuckland, NZ
PublisherThe Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9923835-7-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2020 - Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 26 Nov 202027 Nov 2020
Conference number: 54th


ConferenceInternational Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2020
Abbreviated titleASA 2020
CountryNew Zealand
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  • Life cycle assessment
  • embodied energy
  • retrofitting
  • mass housing

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