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Energy Efficiency In Heritage Friendly Buildings: A Case Study In The New Forest (UK)


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WIT Press


A. Villacampa & C. A. Brebbia


Technical achievements and society’s concerns are increasingly demanding energy efficient buildings at different levels. Furthermore, sustainability and conservation of heritage buildings have to be considered by all the actors involved in their life cycle. Owners, users, architects, engineers and landscape planners have to be aware of the importance of renewable resources and the respect for the environment. This is the case of Wessex Institute of Technology and its aim is to apply environmental policies to the conservation of its architecture. The fact that the institution is located in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Southern England implies strong commitments in the refurbishment, re-use and conservation of the buildings related to their location. This process requires respect for the existing architecture with strong historical reminiscences and new heritage friendly buildings. The improvement of the campus through renovation projects aims to the generation of a sustainable group of buildings focusing on energy consumption management. Thanks to this strategy, the design of these improvements takes into consideration the conservation of the architecture, the landscape, waste management policies and the control of energy consumptions. The new and existing buildings energy performances have been tested trough the Simplified Building Energy Method (SBEM) assessment methodology. This evaluation aims to estimate how WIT’s architecture can achieve good energy performances on its new and its heritageexisting buildings and form the basis for developing an energy resources strategy. Keywords: heritage buildings, energy assessment, energy efficiency, SBEM.


Keywords: heritage buildings, energy assessment, energy efficiency, SBEM.