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Disrupting Buildings

Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation

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  • Defines and explores the key drivers and barriers for deep renovation
  • Offers insight from international experts that will be relevant to all major markets for construction
  • Digestible chapters provide individual analyses for different technologies and aspects of deep renovation
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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About this book

The world’s extant building stock accounts for a significant portion of worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, buildings and construction accounted for 36% of global final energy consumption and 37% of energy related CO2 emissions. The EU estimates that up to 75% of the EU’s existing building stock has poor energy performance, 85–95% of which will still be in use in 2050.

To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will require a transformation of construction processes and deep renovation of the extant building stock. It is widely recognized that ICTs can play an important role in construction, renovation and maintenance as well as supporting the financing of deep renovation. Technologies such as sensors, big data analytics and machine learning, BIM, digital twinning, simulation, robots, cobots and UAVs, and additive manufacturing are transforming the deep renovation process, improving sustainability performance, and developing new services and markets.

This open access book defines a deep renovation digital ecosystem for the 21st century, providing a state-of-the art review of current literature, suggesting avenues for new research, and offering perspectives from business, technology and industry domains.

This is an open access book.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Irish Institute of Digital Business DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

    Theo Lynn, Jennifer Kennedy

  • J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

    Pierangelo Rosati

  • School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Mohamad Kassem

  • Information Technologies Institute Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece

    Stelios Krinidis

About the editors

Theo Lynn is Full Professor of Digital at DCU Business School, Ireland. He is Series Editor on the Palgrave Studies in Digital Business & Enabling Technologies. 

Pierangelo Rosati is Associate Professor of Digital Business & Society at the University of Galway, Ireland and is Series Editor on the Palgrave Studies in Digital Business & Enabling Technologies. 

Mohamad Kassem is Professor of Digital Construction Management at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. 

Stelios Krinidis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management Science & Technology of the International Hellenic University, Greece and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre of Research & Technology Hellas, Greece.

Jennifer Kennedy is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Irish Institute of Digital Business at DCU Business School, Ireland.

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