A Strategic Assessment Model of Retrofitting for Buildings – A Triple-bottom Line Approach

Posted: 13 Aug 2019

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Chenyang Li

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Grace Ding

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Goran Runeson

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Date Written: August 12, 2019

Abstract

With the current emphasis on sustainable building development, many sustainable building assessment models and tools are emerging. They have different focuses, but most of them focus on assessing the environmental and economic performance of buildings with the absence of social aspect due to its “soft” characteristics and complex content. However, the social aspect is an indispensable dimension of sustainability. In fact, the three aspects – environmental, economic and social – are interdependent. Understanding how the interdependency plays when assessing the building performance can help to draw a holistic picture of sustainability. Moreover, new buildings have attracted more attention comparing with existing buildings, leading to the huge gap in the performance between new buildings and existing buildings.

This paper aims to develop a three-dimensional assessment model that can combine environmental, economic and social aspects to holistically evaluate the sustainable performance of exiting buildings. In the meanwhile, the developed model is also able to generate suitable retrofitting strategies based on the assessment outcome using the triple-bottom line approach. This model can contribute to diagnosing the problems of existing buildings and improving their performance. It provides an improved approach and perspective to the study of sustainable building assessment.

This research utilised both qualitative and quantitative methods: a questionnaire survey to gather the information from stakeholders, including building owners, tenants, project managers, facilities managers, architects and engineers, to confirm the assessment indicators. Based on the survey results, an assessment model has been established. In the end, multiple case studies have been adopted to verify the model.

Suggested Citation

Li, Chenyang and Ding, Grace and Runeson, Goran, A Strategic Assessment Model of Retrofitting for Buildings – A Triple-bottom Line Approach (August 12, 2019). Abstract Proceedings of 2019 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Cities (icRS Cities). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3436332

Chenyang Li (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

Australia

Grace Ding

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Goran Runeson

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

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