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Classification of heritage residential building stock and defining sustainable retrofitting scenarios in Khedivial Cairo

Hanan Ibrahim, Ahmed Z. Khan, Shady Attia and Yehya Serag

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Abstract: This study aims to develop an integrated classification methodology for retrofitting that preserves both energy use and cultural value aspects in hot climates, especially, in North Africa, as a hot zone, which lacks retrofitting initiatives of built heritage. Despite the number of existing methods of classification for energy purposes, little attention has been paid to integrate the perceptions of cultural values in those methods. The proposed methodology classifies heritage building stocks based on building physical characteristics, as well as heritage significance levels, and then later integrates the outcomes into a matrix to propose sustainable retrofitting scenarios based on three dimensions, i.e. heritage value locations, types, and heritage significance level. For validation, the methodology was applied to the heritage residential building stock along with a microscale analysis on a building in Khedivial Cairo, Egypt. The findings include extracting twelve building classes, providing a reference building for each class, and a detailed catalogue of the extracted reference buildings that includes retrofitting scenarios for creating energy models. The originality of this work lies in integrating cultural values in a building classification methodology and providing a list of sustainable retrofitting scenarios for reference buildings. The findings contribute to fill the gap in existing building classifications, more specifically in hot climates.

Keywords: Built heritage; Cultural values; Downtown Cairo; Energy retrofitting; Hot climates (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-01-01
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Published in: Sustainability (2021) v.13 n° 2,p.1-26

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