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Thermal improvement of existing dwellings

Clarke, Joseph Andrew and Johnstone, Cameron and Lever, Monica and McElroy, L.B. and Prazeres, Luis and Strachan, Paul (2005) Thermal improvement of existing dwellings. Working paper. ESRU Publications, Glasgow.

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Abstract

This report describes the outcome from a study to determine the impact of energy efficiency measures applied to the Scottish housing stock. Assuming conventional property type classifications, the present performance of the housing stock is quantified using available survey data. Building simulation techniques were then employed to generate a Web-based, decision-support tool for use by policy makers to estimate the impact of deploying energy efficiency measures in different combinations over time. The process of tool formulation is described and an example is given of tool use to identify best-value retrofitting options while taking factors such as future climate change and improved standard of living into account.