Research into retrofitting and the energy efficiency of buildings is a growing field. Here’s a sample of some of the most interesting papers around.
This paper introduces a decision-making methodology for allocating retrofit investment to minimise full life cycle costs. There is a focus on cost-effectiveness among energy use in buildings.
Low-income households typically live in less energy-efficient homes. Whereas retrofitting is seen as an effective tool for mitigating energy poverty, this research finds that these households prefer to avoid the upfront costs of renovations and are in favour of bearing the brunt of losing out on long-term savings. It suggests subsidising retrofits in such cases.
This paper argues that post-retrofit energy performance almost never meets the standards predicted by provisional assessments. The reason? People. We’re unpredictable and it’s hard to change our behaviour. So, even if our buildings are climate-ready, we may not be. This research explores that hypothesis and provides possible solutions.
The European Academy Science Advisory Council lays out some recommendations for policymakers in light of their prediction we won’t hit climate control and 2050 carbon emission targets in time with a business-as-usual approach.