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Mapping research trends in residential construction retrofitting: A scientometric literature review

Amirkhani, Mehdi, Martek, Igor and Luther, Mark 2021, Mapping research trends in residential construction retrofitting: A scientometric literature review, Energies, vol. 14, no. 19, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.3390/en14196106.

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Title Mapping research trends in residential construction retrofitting: A scientometric literature review
Author(s) Amirkhani, MehdiORCID iD for Amirkhani, Mehdi orcid.org/0000-0001-6573-1291
Martek, IgorORCID iD for Martek, Igor orcid.org/0000-0002-9677-7636
Luther, Mark
Journal name Energies
Volume number 14
Issue number 19
Article ID 6106
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1996-1073
1996-1073
Summary The world is looking to reduce carbon emissions, prevent global warming, and become more energy sustainable. Despite the various strategies for mitigating climate change, the fact remains that 80% of greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to activities associated with the built environment, and this is where a concentrated focus is needed. Moreover, most buildings are resi-dential, not commercial or industrial. In essence, ways must be found to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions from existing houses and apartments globally if sustainability is to be realised. The recognised way to achieve this is through the retrofitting of existing residential buildings. Studies in this area have increased in recent times, but the extent of the work remains unmapped and undescribed. If further progress is to be made in this field, researchers’ knowledge domain so far must be documented. This literature review delivers that goal. A scientometric evaluation of research on residential retrofitting is here presented. VOSviewer, Gephi, and CiteSpace are the software packages used. Findings identify retrofitting as an emerging theme, taking off only as recently as 2017. The breadth of research is very limited, primarily concerned with calibrating trade-offs between energy costs and thermal comfort. Emerging and new opportunities to expand retrofitting research are identified. Finally, while several journals accommodate publications on this topic, analysis reveals Energy and Buildings to be the significant citation source
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/en14196106
Field of Research 02 Physical Sciences
09 Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30156402

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