Evaluation of Refurbishment Projects and Energy Demands of Buildings in the Aspect of Sustainability
Topics: Construction, Sustainability, World energy resources and consumption / Pages: 13 (3531 words) / Published: May 18th, 2014

0.0 Evaluation of Refurbishment Projects and Energy Demands of Buildings in the Aspect of Sustainability
0.1 Question 1: Comparing and contrasting the benefits of refurbishment projects with those of new build. Question 2: Appraising the typical users’ demands in buildings, which require a large amount of energy. Discussing ways in which today’s energy requirements in buildings can be reduced and alternatively resourced.
0.2 For: CEM Assignments Office
Date: 19/02/2014
0.3 From: Deniz Berkan Unsal
Moscow, Russian Federation

1.0 Summary
While the world’s population has been excessively continuing to grow up in the last decades, accommodation problems have also started to be a social case. Although recent situation seems favourable for the real estate and construction industry, limited resources of the world pressures the industry significantly on the environmental aspect. Research and development activities on construction materials and building methods try to respond this issue by reducing the impact of industry on the environment. The concept of reuse and refurbishment in the construction industry can represent high commitment not only to environmental sustainability with lower costs, but also to social sustainability with the conversation of heritages. However, detailed investigations are required in order to minimize the existing risks of old buildings and make use of their benefits.
After construction period, another sustainability challenge starts for the real estate industry. Today’s business and industrial world has a growing demand for energy use where they run their operations. Thus, energy management in buildings has become a considerable sustainability problem because buildings have significant impact on carbon emissions in the world. As a result of these facts, developers should also invest in energy efficiency solutions provide not only cost effectiveness during the lifecycle of buildings, but also better environmental sustainability.



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