Renovation of Historic Buildings in New Zealand: Towards a holistic method for reducing environmental impact
Current concerns about climate change are emphasising the environmental issues of built heritage, and the results from this discussion have environmental and social benefits. This new environmental approach to historic buildings, which considers, for instance, the relationship between energy and heritage is leading to new challenges and changes in the current practice. One of the main challenges is to improve the building performance and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions without damaging cultural significance requiring holistic and broader values to be considered in the decision-making process.
New Zealand's plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 may have an effect through requiring improvements to the historic building stock, but there are no policies or procedures that indicate how to deal with the challenge of trade-offs of heritage values against other environmental benefits. Therefore, this research investigates New Zealand historic buildings renovation practice, and what are considered important criteria and acceptable solutions within a holistic renovation approach for reducing environmental impact. My research aims to design guidelines and procedures for the holistic renovation of New Zealand historic buildings. In other words, it will investigate how to reduce environmental impact whilst maintaining heritage values.
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