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Title: Occupant satisfaction in post-refurbishment of historic buildings : baroque case studies in Valletta, Malta
Authors: Buhagiar, Vincent
Keywords: Cultural property -- Malta -- Valletta
Architecture and energy conservation -- Malta -- Valletta
Buildings -- Thermal properties -- Testing
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Malta -- Valletta
Historic buildings -- Energy conservation -- Malta -- Valletta
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA)
Citation: Buhagiar, V. (2009). Occupant satisfaction in post-refurbishment of historic buildings : baroque case studies in Valletta, Malta. PLEA2009 - 26th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Quebec City. 1-6.
Abstract: This paper evaluates occupants’ subjective response to controlled architectural interventions in listed historic buildings, as part of a comprehensive plan to restore, rehabilitate and re-use the edifice. The overall strategy was to monitor a series of historic buildings, which typically represent the same period, namely 16th century architecture, depicting the Baroque period in Malta’s World Heritage Capital, Valletta. Such buildings often had discrete traditional physical features, such as ventilation stacks through their thick massive walls and an open courtyard, generating the typical introvert planning. These assisted the acclimatisation of their indoor spaces. Interventions were limited to exposing their thermal mass and re-activating the original features. The buildings were partially assessed for their thermal performance through a post-occupancy survey (POS), based on subjective evidence. Questionnaires and structured interviews were conducted with office staff, two years after entering the commissioned refurbished buildings. Results indicated that the revival of modest passive design solutions was effective in attaining comfort levels today, thus reducing the dependence on energy guzzling modern environmental control systems. This suggests that such featurerevealing interventions can be easily adapted to other similar historic buildings offered for refurbishment, thus achieving energy efficiency all round, also reducing their overall carbon footprint.
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