Guide for green building retrofitting
THE GREEN Building Council and Arup have launched a guide to retrofitting buildings
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and international engineering and consulting group Arup have published a practical, user-friendly, step by step guide on the process of retrofitting existing buildings to become greener and more efficient.
Existing Buildings Survival Strategies was written for property owners, managers and consultants who want to upgrade and improve their existing building stock, and is based on a similar initiative by the Property Council of Australia and Arup Australia. The publication has been supported by Eskom and has a major focus on energy efficiency, although it will appeal to all those who want to maximise value by refreshing building stock that is no longer performing in line with market expectations.
Buildings use about 40% of energy worldwide and more than 90% of the building stock was built before the green building movement gained momentum. This means the current building stock will have to become more efficient if the property industry is to play its part in energy efficiency, the reduction of carbon emissions and combating global warming, says Nicola Douglas, chief executive of GBCSA.
Packed with local and international case studies, this full colour booklet addresses the six main stages of a retrofit: 1. Determine your baseline. 2. Review your building maintenance and operational issues.
3. Establish your targets and goals.
4. Decide on an appropriate level of refurbishment.
5. Select your optimal upgrade initiatives.
6. Make your survival strategy happen.
A particularly useful section of the guide lists 200 optimal upgrade initiatives, categorised into sections such as management, energy-lighting, electrical and HVAC, materials, waste, water and more.
“This is the ideal reference for anyone who wants to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of their buildings, but who are wondering where to start,” says Douglas. “We’ve been inundated with requests from property owners and managers for assistance in greening their current buildings, and this resource in an excellent starting point.”
Arup staff who researched and wrote the guide for the southern African region are particularly enthusiastic about the prospects for urban areas.
According to their team, increasing the useful lifespan, commercial and visual value of existing buildings will benefit owners and users, and will act as a catalyst to rejuvenate decaying and unsafe urban environments.
Arup offers tailored services to those seeking assistance with their buildings and portfolios at firstname.lastname@example.org
The GBCSA is planning to launch a series of retrofitting training courses for early 2010, which will be based on the publication.
To buy a copy of the Existing Buildings Survival Strategies guide visit the GBCSA website at www.gbcsa.org.za.