Examining the use of sustainable technologies to streamline energy efficiency in existing buildings.
The overall energy performance of an existing building is an important consideration in decisions to demolish or refurbish. To refurbish means to use sustainable technologies (STs) to improve energy efficiency, health of occupants, energy cost and environmental sustainability. This thesis examines the use of STs to streamline energy efficiency in existing buildings. It analyses various buildings of different ages retrofitted over the past years and the various STs used to enhance energy efficiency through using a mixed method approach. This approach is rigorous, leads to greater validity of findings, and assists in the generation of multiple variables that can be applied to develop predictive models.