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Potential for low carbon refurbishment in the UKMay 2011

The Tarbase project, led by the Urban Energy Research Group at Heriot-Watt University's School of Built Environment, investigated the potential for low-carbon refurbishments for the current UK building stock.

The £1.4m research project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Carbon Trust, carried out technical, social and economic analyses of a wide range of refurbishments for different building types in the domestic and non-domestic sector, with a broad aim of exceeding 50% carbon savings by the year 2030. The main outputs of the non-domestic sector of this work are now available in a report entitled Reducing CO2 emissions in existing buildings

The report content includes:

  • Demand side energy reduction measures
  • HVAC operation
  • Thermal comfort in non-domestic buildings
  • Total energy demands of non-domestic buildings
  • Onsite generation
  • Capital cost of refurbishment
  • Whole life-cycle costing
  • Drivers and barriers to purchasing energy efficient technologies

BSRIA was pleased to be a stakeholder in this research and as a follow-on BSRIA's Energy and Sustainability Network held a focus group which looked specifically at the office and school sectors.  Download the Report of focus groups here.

For further enquiries into the TARBASE work contact David Jenkins ( at Heriot-Watt University.