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Retrofitting the Built Environment

An Economic and Environmental Analysis of Energy Systems

Author(s): Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed

Book Description

The building sector exerts huge pressure on the built and natural environment and despite significant efforts to minimise the consequences, the International Energy Agency submitted that, by 2050, emissions related to buildings could double. However, in the building sector, significant improvement in energy use and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved, given the potential to do this at no cost, using new technology. Since most buildings that exist now will still exist in 2050, the greatest energy savings can be made through refurbishment. In the future, legislation on carbon usage, as well as innovative technologies and knowledge, will trigger aggressive emission reductions in buildings, and this will compel installers of retrofit options to consider embodied emissions in order to achieve the best-value retrofit plan.

This book, in response to the growing environmental importance of retrofit options, describes the development of a powerful decision support system, detailing both theoretical and practical insights, for the evaluation of environmentally and economically optimal retrofit options for non-domestic buildings. The chapters within it discuss engineering, energy, environment and economics in the context of climate change and sustainability, while a methodological framework of a decision support system is used to analyse a range of building energy retrofit options. The theoretical developments provided in this book can be transferred to other industries beyond the built environment and will be useful to researchers, energy systems engineers, architects, building energy managers, supply chain and procurement managers, sustainability managers and policy makers.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9968-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9968-2
Date of Publication: 01/12/2016
Pages / Size: 403 / A5
Price: £74.99


Dr Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre, both at the University of Sheffield, UK. He holds a PhD in Energy Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis, which stems from research in engineering, energy, environment and economics in the context of climate change and sustainability. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Instrumentation and Control (Distinction) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is a reviewer for top academic journals, including Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment and, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. With more than twelve years of experience covering energy and sustainability, telecommunications and academia, Taofeeq has published widely on energy and sustainability-related research. His current research areas include energy systems engineering and supply-chain modelling.