Refurbishment & Demolition of Housing. Embodied Carbon: Factsheet

UCL Engineering

Refurbishment improves the energy efficiency of existing buildings by adding insulation or replacing old systems with more energy-efficient ones, such as low energy lighting or better boilers. Refurbishment means occupants use less energy day-to-day, but it also means more embodied carbon as more material is added to the building and older systems are thrown away. These additions can extend the lifespan of the building and so they help avoid the embodied carbon needed to replace an old building with a new one.

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