Enhancing the sustainability and energy conservation in heritage buildings: the case of Nottingham Playhouse

Al-Habaibeh, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, Hawas, A., Hamadeh, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1766-532X, Medjdoub, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-3402-4479, Marsh, J. and Sen, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-8967-9475, 2021. Enhancing the sustainability and energy conservation in heritage buildings: the case of Nottingham Playhouse. Frontiers of Architectural Research. ISSN 2095-2635

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Today, there is a growing interest in developing energy efficient buildings since it is estimated that buildings account for about 40% of the total primary energy consumption in the world. In relation to existing buildings, energy efficiency retrofits have become an important opportunity to upgrade the energy performance of commercial, public and residential buildings that may reduce the energy consumption, demand and cost. In this paper we cover the energy efficiency deep retrofit process that has been carried out for Nottingham Playhouse theatre building for the aim of enhancing its environmental performance and analysing the energy efficiency gained after implementing certain proposed modifications. It is a nationally protected historic building, listed as Grade II* on The National Heritage List for England (NHLE). The building has had insulation enhancement, doors modifications, solar energy installations, energy-saving lights, in addition to improved heating and air conditioning system. The paper presents a novel methodology; and its results indicate significant improvements in the building's energy performance which is demonstrated using infrared thermographic images and data logger sensors where significant energy savings to the building's thermal performance are obtained. The energy saving measures have been completed while maintaining the heritage building's general appearance and architectural features, which have received a Commendation Certificate from The Nottingham Civic Society for this achievement.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers of Architectural Research
Creators: Al-Habaibeh, A., Hawas, A., Hamadeh, L., Medjdoub, B., Marsh, J. and Sen, A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 20 September 2021
ISSN: 2095-2635
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 14 Oct 2021 16:24
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 16:24
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44452

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