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CIBSE release guidance released on refurbishments

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has published TM53: Refurbishment of non-domestic buildings in print and online from the CIBSE Knowledge Portal.

This guidance offers insights into making the most of the opportunities that arise from refurbishments.

CIBSE president George Adams commented: “With energy-efficiency being critical to combating climate change and the potential energy gap, this authoritative guidance on refurbishment offered by CIBSE will support those improving performance of existing buildings which make up nearly 50 per cent of carbon emissions.

“Making the current building stock consume significantly less energy contributes to our cities in the future to reduce their heat islands, lower carbon foot prints and lessen the demand on the already stretched energy infrastructures.

“Cities are key to the world’s energy problems and therefore the buildings within should strive through continuous improvement to be as energy-efficient as possible and this new guide will assist in this huge challenge.”

Refurbishments can apply to any part of a building and its services from changes to the building fabric and the internal layout to individual systems such as the lighting scheme, and TM53 highlights what needs to be considered when assessing each individual system.

The guidance also looks at commissioning of renewable energy systems and delivery of effective natural ventilation in buildings.

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