The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment: Non-Domestic by Baker Nick

By Baker Nick

The refurbishment of latest constructions is a overlooked topic inside of sustainable structure; cognizance is mostly enthusiastic about new constructions. outdated structures can use quite a lot of strength and supply terrible inner stipulations for occupants. they could have excessive heating call for, negative lighting fixtures, negative air flow, sun penetration and glare, and terrible keep watch over of heating and cooling. Demolition is an choice however the replacement of refurbishment is becoming obvious as extra sustainable when it comes to architectural price, fabrics use, local disruption and waste disposal. construction new is extra carbon in depth and incorporates many wider environmental affects. furthermore, the aptitude impression of low power refurbishment is far more than that for brand new construct due to the fact there are various extra current constructions than could be inbuilt the subsequent 10 - two decades, the interval over which many CO2 emission objectives observe. The instruction manual of Sustainable Refurbishment: quantity 1: Non-Domestic constructions deals architects, engineers and quite a lot of development execs useful suggestion, illustrated via actual examples. It strikes from ideas of sustainable refurbishment to precise layout and engineering assistance. It emphasizes the necessity for an built-in technique via displaying how refurbishment measures engage with one and different, and with the occupants, and the way functionality is finally inspired through this interplay.

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The only thermal benefit a turf roof could bring is in the provision of thermal mass. However, for buildings that are heated, thermal mass without insulation is not beneficial over the year, and once insulation is added (obviously it has to be on the inside), the benefit of the thermal mass is largely lost. A further benefit may be gained by evaporative cooling, provided there is a source of water for replenishment. If being considered for retrofit, the major non-thermal consideration is whether the structure can take the extra load.

Thus the cavity can only be considered as a location for insulation if material can be injected or blown into the cavity via small openings. This is now a common practice, particularly in domestic buildings, using materials such as rockwool, glass fibre and expanded polystyrene beads. Other materials include recycled cellulose fibre and vermiculite. The nature of the climate, the degree of exposure of the building to driven rain, and the condition of the outer leaf all have to be considered for the particular project, and specialist knowledge sought.

Flat or low pitched roofs are the commonest in new building, although steeper pitched roofs can be engineered, and are actually more common in vernacular examples. 2. If it is wet – that is, in a condition to support growth – it is very poor. The only thermal benefit a turf roof could bring is in the provision of thermal mass. However, for buildings that are heated, thermal mass without insulation is not beneficial over the year, and once insulation is added (obviously it has to be on the inside), the benefit of the thermal mass is largely lost.

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