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From the 16th to the 21st century: upgrading Traditional Knowledge to approach Net Zero goals in existing neighborhood upgrades (ZERH-NU)

Brito, NS; Janda, KB; Castela, RO; Da Silva, MG; (2016) From the 16th to the 21st century: upgrading Traditional Knowledge to approach Net Zero goals in existing neighborhood upgrades (ZERH-NU). In: Livingood, W and Zhou, N, (eds.) 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: From Components to Systems, From Buildings to Communities. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE): Asilomar, CA, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Ancient buildings are examples of resilience and versatility, and their capability to persist throughout the centuries should be appreciated as a symbol of sustainability. However, the public perceives existing buildings as uncomfortable and unhealthy energy hogs, which they can easily become without proper use, “rehabilitation” or maintenance. This paper explores the “traditional knowledge” embedded in construction practices to achieve Net Zero goals, a new name for a centuries-old energy security and comfort-aimed sustainable practices. The deep assessment and upgrade options for Montarroio, a residential building within Coimbra’s UNESCO Heritage area, are briefed extending the IEA EBC Annex 56 on “Cost-Effective Energy and Carbon Emission Optimization in Building Renovation” methodology. Neighborhood scale interventions are demonstrated as awarded processes to streamline and optimize cost-effective measurable results. “Zero Energy Ready Home”- Neighborhood Upgrades (ZERH_NU) are proposed as feasible adaptations to include existing (contemporary) residential neighborhoods in a step change for energy efficiency advocates: from “pushers” of technology to catalysts of collective change.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: From the 16th to the 21st century: upgrading Traditional Knowledge to approach Net Zero goals in existing neighborhood upgrades (ZERH-NU)
Event: 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Location: Asilomar, CA, USA
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://aceee.org/files/proceedings/2016/data/pape...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075861
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