Achieving carbon reduction from listed buildings in the UK: A case study on The Royal Academy of Engineering, London
Lim, D. and Yao, R. (2011) Achieving carbon reduction from listed buildings in the UK: A case study on The Royal Academy of Engineering, London. In: 5th International Conference of WREC-Asia & SuDBE2011, 28-31 October 2011, Chongqing, China.
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A carbon reduction strategy for a historic Grade 1 listed office building in London is presented. The study evaluates the impact of49 different carbon abatement options, quantified using building simulation software, auditing procedures and qualitative methods. The impact of each option is assessed against three criteria: carbon abatement potential, practicality and cost. The strategy comprises of18interventions,integrated within 12 key recommendations. Accumulative reduction of 37% (below a 2009 carbon emissions baseline)appears achievable and only feasible with heavy reliance on changes in occupant behaviour. This theme appears central in achieving realistic and significant carbon savings from listed buildings, where planning constraints relinquish potential for major building fabric alteration and renewable energy installations.