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Building Futures : Managing Energy in the Built Environment (Hardcover) (Jane Powell & Jennifer Monahan
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A reduction in the energy demand of buildings can make a major contribution to achieving national and international carbon reduction goals, in addition to addressing the interlinked issues of sustainable development, fuel poverty and fuel security. Despite improvements in thermal efficiency, the energy demand of buildings stubbornly remains unchanged, or is only declining slowly, due to the challenges posed by growing populations, the expectations of larger, more comfortable and better equipped living spaces, and an expanding commercial sector.
Building Futures offers an interdisciplinary approach to explore this lack of progress, combining technical and social insights into the challenges of designing, constructing and operating new low energy buildings, as well as improving the existing, inefficient, building stock. The twin roles of energy efficiency, which is predominantly concerned with technological solutions, and energy conservation which involves changing peoples’ behaviour, are both explored. The book includes a broad geographical range and scale of case studies from the UK, Europe and further afield, including Passivhaus in Germany and the UK, Dongtan Eco City in China and retrofit houses in Denmark.
This book is a valuable resource for students and academics of environmental science and energy-based subjects as well as construction and building management professionals.
This book explores the important contribution of the built environment in the reduction of household energy consumption and in meeting the urgent challenge of the 2050 carbon reduction target.
By examining trends in energy demand in UK and Europe across energy sectors for industry, commercial, domestic and transport, and exploring the reasons for change in energy use through practice and technology a concept of the energy hierarchy is introduced to help prioritise energy conservation over efficiency.
Considering current UK and European government policy and the need to address sustainable development to drive the desired outcome of reduction in overall energy consumption, this book offers an accessible and inter-disciplinary approach to develop more sustainable, less energy-intensive systems and approaches that are socially acceptable and economically advantageous.
It includes a broad geographical range of case studies the UK, Europe and further afield, with particular focus on Passivhaus in Germany, low energy houses in Scandinavia and Dongtan Eco city in China.
Significant progress has been made in improving the thermal envelope of buildings but the actual energy demand has not declined as much as predicted. To tackle the technical failings in buildings energy use this guide offers an holistic, interdisciplinary approach which is needed to explore the technical, environmental and social challenges of designing and using low energy buildings, without which we are unlikely to meet our energy and carbon targets.
This book combines the technical and the social explanation of energy consumption and how to challenge energy conservation making it suitable for all of those studying and teach on the courses highlighted in the UK marketing plan.