TECHNE 18 (2019): Detailed Design
Research & Experimentation

The environmental balance as decision support to the refurbishment detailed design

Antonello Monsù Scolaroa
Dipartimento di Architettura, Design ed Urbanistica, Università di Sassari, Italia
Lia Marchi
Dipartimento di Architettura, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italia
Published November 29, 2019
Keywords
  • Existing buildings,
  • Reuse,
  • Refurbishment,
  • Environmental assessment,
  • Embodied impacts
How to Cite
Monsù Scolaroa, A., & Marchi, L. (2019). The environmental balance as decision support to the refurbishment detailed design. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (18), 272-281. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-7539

Abstract

The refurbishment design is a well-known strategy to mitigate environmental impacts of the built heritage, but it is not environmentally neutral. A deep knowledge of the building is required in order to maintain the greatest amount of materials – depending on its residual technological performances – and thus containing the consumption of new resources and the production of demolition wastes. Following up existing tools, a method to analyse environmental impacts and support the design at the executive level is presented. Possible intervention alternatives are evaluated from a life cycle perspective, through the embodied energy and CO2 equ indicators, aiming at re-using as much material as possible and preferring new materials with low environmental impact.

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