The role and impact of passive buffer spaces retrofitted to existing houses

Jacob Ware, Adrian Pitts

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Abstract

Passive houses which incorporate conservatories and buffer spaces have been widely researched over a number of years however the focus has almost always been on how to develop and optimise their use in new buildings. The very low replacement rates for existing stock (typically about 0.5% per annum in the UK) means that there is a long lasting legacy of poorly performing existing dwellings. This paper discusses options for improving energy efficiency in housing and identifies the potential for use of retrofitted buffer spaces as an important consideration. It then reports on studies carried out to investigate improvements to an existing house design with the specific aim of using buffer spaces (which also act as transition zones) rather than larger conservatory type sunspaces which act as additional living accommodation. Two case studies are presented together with a series of conclusions based upon theory and empirical evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture & Sustainable Development (vol.2)
Subtitle of host publication27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
EditorsMagali Bodart, Arnaud Evrard
Pages645-649
Number of pages5
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Architecture and Sustainable Development - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Duration: 13 Jul 201115 Jul 2011
Conference number: 27
https://dial.uclouvain.be/pr/boreal/object/boreal:89806 (Link to Conference Information)

Conference

Conference27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2011
CountryBelgium
CityLouvain-la-Neuve
Period13/07/1115/07/11
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Ware, J., & Pitts, A. (2011). The role and impact of passive buffer spaces retrofitted to existing houses. In M. Bodart, & A. Evrard (Eds.), Architecture & Sustainable Development (vol.2): 27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (Vol. 2, pp. 645-649)