Sustainable Refurbishment

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Wiley, Jul 10, 2012 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
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This guide to green 'retro-fitting' for corporate real estate, facility managers and occupiers struggling to reduce their building’s carbon footprint will help in the planning and management of a sustainable refurbishment programme.

Facilities managers have a key role in improving and maintaining a building’s sustainability credentials over its whole life – through benchmarking and developing improvement strategies, energy efficiency measures and installation of low carbon technologies, as well as through waste minimisation and appropriate material use.

The first part of the book gives the context, providing the structure and linkage between the other chapters, together with an overview on sustainable development and refurbishment projects separately and the value gained from a sustainable refurbishment.

Part 2 details the regulatory and financial drivers, together with market pressures, and provides an overview of where this is leading together with the implications for sustainable refurbishment.

Part 3 provides technical support on carbon measures, helping to determine the feasibility of good practices as part of the refurbishment. Included is a review of energy efficiency, renewable and low carbon technologies and embodied carbon to enable lifecycle carbon calculations, together with the necessary behavioural change aspects needed to embed the changes. Linkages and benefits between the technologies will be highlighted.

Part 4 reviews refurbishment from a wider environmental perspective, understanding the challenges and opportunities that exist for particular developments from a materials, water, biodiversity and transport perspective.

Throughout the book, checklists are provided on typical activities and good practice that should be performed. These are expanded through relevant case studies and examples to show-case previous good practices and lessons learnt.

The book is structured to allow a matrix approach, with Parts 3 and 4 providing the technical information necessary to deliver a sustainable refurbishment; with sector relevance and best practice with case studies throughout the book.

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About the author (2012)

Sunil Shah

Wide consultancy experience, reviewing lifecycle environmental and social impacts from facilities. Has worked across several sectors, with involvement in a range of landmark projects:

Environment Agency Carbon Footprint tool, recognised as an industry standard and developed for civil emgineering projects

Blackfriars Station sustainability management plan and Europe's largest PV array

BP Global Office Environmental Benchmarking, developing the software to collate, analyse and provision of footprints to BP Corporate covering the global office suite

Member of the Sustainable Construction Taskforce as the end user representative, involved in the Sustainable Construction Strategy

He is currently involved in a range of committees where he provides advice to the UK Government on the built environment

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