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The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies

- the research arm of the Department of Architecture

Studying at Cambridge


Sustainable Building

The research focuses on how national governments can improve their sustainable building policies so as to increase feasible, cost-efficient and legitimate carbon reductions in the housing stock. Sustainable building is often seen in the context of new construction and few policy measures manage to address the complexity of economic and implementation barriers of improving energy efficiency of the existing stock. The research touches the sensitive question of demolition: to what extent the existing housing stock should adapt to the environmental and economic requirements? What is the real cost of energy efficient refurbishment and what measures should the government use to support sustainable urban regeneration?