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What is Residential Building

Retrofitting for Optimal Energy Performance
A building made up of one or more rooms used for housing, with the necessary facilities and utilities that satisfy the living requirements of a person or family.
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Considerations Regarding the Green Retrofitting of Residential Buildings From Human Wellbeing Perspectives
Raluca- Andreea Felseghi (“Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania), Teodora Melania Şoimoşan (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Constatin Filote (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania), and Maria Simona Răboaca (National R&D Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies, Romania)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 33
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9104-7.ch007
Currently, buildings are considered to be a continuously evolving organism that over time has to be treated, rehabilitated, and upgraded to meet the requirements set by the user at a certain stage. Buildings are a central element of the EU member states' energy efficiency policies, accounting for about 40% of final energy consumption, and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions, and about 75% of buildings are not energy efficient. Recent applications and studies establish that green retrofitting has maintained older existing buildings to increase energy efficiency, optimize building performance, increase occupants' satisfaction, and boost economic return while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. In this regard, this chapter aims to address the main factors that negatively affect the performance of residential buildings and presents the common green retrofitting measures that can be taken to ensure the state of human well-being in residential buildings.
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