The Carbon Value of the U.K.'s Historic Housing Stock

Ritson, James (2023) The Carbon Value of the U.K.'s Historic Housing Stock. EEHB 2022 The 4 International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings. pp. 196-203. ISSN 978-3-7388-0779-0

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The need to reduce carbon emissions and lower the energy consumption of the historic built environment is now recognized as a critical factor in helping the U.K.’s government's aim to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. This paper proposes rather than encourage historic homeowners to sustainably refurbish their properties, it proposes that the most sustainable option is to adopt a building conservation-focused strategy to maintain and apply small benign changes to the property. The primary data is from testing a range of different sustainable improvement interventions on 20 different historic houses using computer modelling and live data. The paper will show that significant energy and carbon savings can be made without affecting the visual or fabric heritage of the property. The study will go on to show that this strategy is also the most economically effective method for sustainably refurbishing historic dwellings. The paper concludes by defining the balance of the competing priorities of economic capacity, the preservation of the heritage of the historic housing stock and environmental performance improvements happen at a key 'tipping point' which is used to define the 'carbon value' of our historic housing stock.

Item Type: Article
Sustainable Development Goals:
Keywords: Carbon Value, Sustainable refurbishment, Heritage
Divisions: School of the Built Environment > Research > Sustainable Built Environment & Property Research Centre
Depositing User: James Ritson
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2023 08:15
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 19:40

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