A model for assessing the social impacts of building upgrades in China

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Conference Proceeding
SASBE 2018 Sydney, 2018, pp. 21 - 29
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Existing office buildings have been recognised as one of the largest energy consumers due to the relatively poor sustainable performance. However, the rate of increase of new buildings around the world is only 1%~2%, which means it will take a century to reduce the negative impacts of existing buildings on the environment. For this reason, the need to upgrade old buildings is urgent to improve not only the environmental and economic performance but also the social aspects. However, the social impacts of existing buildings have not got the attention that environmental and economic impacts have, leading to a lack of study of social impacts of existing buildings. This research aims at developing a framework to assess social aspects of existing office building upgrades in China using a polygon evaluation approach. The paper examines the literature and the social assessment guidelines of EN16309 and uses semi-structured interviews to develop social indicators that are applicable to China to assess the social performance of existing office building upgrade. The research shows that China is still at an early stage of building upgrade and the related social impact assessments are largely unavailable. Effort is needed to standardise and motivate the current market for upgrading buildings and results also indicate that social assessment models and methods are in high demand.
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