Energy retrofit of existing building stock in Amman: state of the art, obstacles and opportunities

Sameh Shamout, Paola Boarin, Alessandro Melis

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Energy security is one of the most important challenges Jordan is currently facing, as it imports 96% of its energy resources from foreign countries. Together with other sectors, the existing building stock is responsible for high energy consumption, as average energy performance levels are much lower than the standards prescribed in the recent Jordanian Energy Efficient Building Code. Addressing issues related to energy retrofitting will assist the country to develop effective plans to reduce the energy consumption of buildings and, therefore, decrease the associated energy costs on a large scale, thus helping Jordan’s sustainable development. This paper aims to provide a better understanding of the current situation of the building sector and the energy performance of existing buildings in Amman, identifying issues, obstacles and opportunities to be considered for retrofitting this stock. The paper also provides a critical reflection on interviews with six local experts in the fields of architecture and engineering, including governmental and non-governmental institutions, making recommendations and suggesting possible directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Studies in Energy Efficiency and Built Environment for Developing Countries
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of IEREK Conferences: Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries (ISCDC-2), Egypt 2017 and Alternative and Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture and Urbanism (AREQ-2), Spain 2017
EditorsChaham Alalouch, Hassan Abdalla, Emmanuel Bozonnet, George Elvin, Oscar Carracedo
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-10856-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-10855-7
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 12 Dec 201714 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


Conference2nd International Conference on Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries
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  • existing buildings
  • energy efficient buildings
  • sustainability
  • retrofit

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