Processes for Sustaining Energy in Noncertified Historic Buildings


This paper addresses energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and water consumption in historical buildings. Building sustainability of historical buildings has become a world-wide issue along with all types of buildings from new construction to existing buildings.  Historic buildings makeup a large part of existing buildings throughout the world making it essential that research is done to provide these buildings with sustainable options.  The areas of special concerns in renovating historical buildings are improving indoor environmental quality, indoor air quality, water efficiency, and energy efficiency while maintaining the historical value of these buildings.  This paper presents case studies from four historic buildings in Metro Atlanta, Georgia.  The study includes, 1) field verification and existing condition assessment of the thermal comfort, energy consumption, indoor air quality, and natural lighting levels of the four case study buildings. 2) Building Information Modeling was used to simulate energy performance of the buildings as well as determining the CO2 footprint. These models were calibrated and verified against field readings.  3) the simulation models were used to generate design and renovation alternatives to improve the energy efficiency of these buildings as well as reducing the CO2 footprint and water consumption without impacting the originality of these buildings.  This study will provide general design guidelines and renovation options for historical buildings to reduce energy consumption and creating a smaller carbon footprint while maintaining the authenticity of the buildings.

Presented By

Hussein Abaza, Ph.D.
Kennesaw State University

Expert Area:

Building energy conservation, Building Simulation and information modeling, Construction Management, Indoor Air Quality and moisture control.

Short Biography:

Has more than 15 years of experience in the construction field and more than 13 years of teaching experience. Built several super energy efficient projects that were featured in the TV news. Worked as a construction company owner, project manager, project engineer and estimator. Has long experience in construction related software such as Revit, AutoCAD, Timberline, Onscreen takeoff, Primavera P6, and Blue beam and he is also a certified Energy Star Rater. Dr. Abaza obtained more than $3 million of research, service, and consultation grants, and published three books, a software application, and more than 35 refereed publications.