International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Science and Technology | India | Volume 8 Issue 12, December 2019 | Rating: 5.4 / 10


Challenges in Retrofitting Old Buildings with Modern HVAC Control Systems

Vrushank Mistry [10]


Abstract: As the global emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability intensifies, the retrofitting of old buildings with modern HVAC control systems emerges as a critical endeavor. This research paper undertakes a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted challenges inherent in this transformative process. The study scrutinizes the technological challenges, considering the compatibility and integration of cutting-edge HVAC technologies with existing infrastructures designed in an era when such advancements were nascent. Structural challenges are investigated, addressing the intricate balance required to install modern HVAC systems within the constraints of historical architecture, often characterized by space limitations and unconventional layouts. Economic challenges are also a focal point, as retrofitting endeavors involve considerable investments. The study evaluates the cost-effectiveness of such undertakings, considering the potential returns on investment, energy savings, and long-term operational efficiencies. Moreover, the research goes beyond the identification of challenges to offer nuanced insights into potential solutions and strategies for successful integration. By examining case studies and drawing from real-world examples, the paper aims to provide practical guidance for stakeholders involved in retrofitting projects, ranging from engineers and architects to policymakers and building owners. In navigating the intricacies of retrofitting old buildings with modern HVAC control systems, this research seeks to contribute valuable knowledge to the broader discourse on sustainable building practices. Ultimately, the paper endeavors to bridge the gap between the historical significance of old structures and the imperative for contemporary, energy-efficient solutions, fostering a harmonious integration that meets the demands of both preservation and progress.


Keywords: Retrofitting Old Buildings, HVAC Control Systems, Technological Challenges, Structural Challenges, Economic Considerations


Edition: Volume 8 Issue 12, December 2019,


Pages: 2020 - 2025


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