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This guide to green 'retro-fitting' for corporate real estate,facility managers and occupiers struggling to reduce theirbuilding’s carbon footprint will help in the planning andmanagement of a sustainable refurbishment programme.

Facilities managers have a key role in improving and maintaininga building’s sustainability credentials over its whole life– through benchmarking and developing improvement strategies,energy efficiency measures and installation of low carbontechnologies, as well as through waste minimisation and appropriatematerial use.

The first part of the book gives the context, providing thestructure and linkage between the other chapters, together with anoverview on sustainable development and refurbishment projectsseparately and the value gained from a sustainablerefurbishment.

Part 2 details the regulatory and financial drivers, togetherwith market pressures, and provides an overview of where this isleading together with the implications for sustainablerefurbishment.

Part 3 provides technical support on carbon measures, helping todetermine the feasibility of good practices as part of therefurbishment. Included is a review of energy efficiency, renewableand low carbon technologies and embodied carbon to enable lifecyclecarbon calculations, together with the necessary behavioural changeaspects needed to embed the changes. Linkages and benefits betweenthe technologies will be highlighted.

Part 4 reviews refurbishment from a wider environmentalperspective, understanding the challenges and opportunities thatexist for particular developments from a materials, water,biodiversity and transport perspective.

Throughout the book, checklists are provided on typicalactivities and good practice that should be performed. These areexpanded through relevant case studies and examples to show-caseprevious good practices and lessons learnt.

The book is structured to allow a matrix approach, with Parts 3and 4 providing the technical information necessary to deliver asustainable refurbishment; with sector relevance and best practicewith case studies throughout the book.

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