The role of built environment energy efficiency in a sustainable UK energy economy

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Abstract

Energy efficiency in the built environment can make significant contributions to a sustainable energy economy. In order to achieve this, greater public awareness of the importance of energy efficiency is required. In the short term, new efficient domestic appliances, building technologies, legislation quantifying building plant performance, and improved building regulations to include installed plant will be required. Continuing these improvements in the longer term is likely to see the adoption of small-scale renewable technologies embedded in the building fabric. Internet-based energy services will see low-cost building energy management and control delivered to the mass market in order that plant can be operated and maintained at optimum performance levels and energy savings quantified. There are many technology options for improved energy performance of the building fabric and energy systems and it's not yet clear which will prove to be the most economic. Therefore, flexibility is needed in legislation and energy-efficiency initiatives.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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Energy efficiency
Domestic appliances
Energy management
Power control
Energy conservation
Internet
Economics
Built environment
Energy
Costs
Legislation
Performance levels
Plant performance
World Wide Web
Sustainable energy
Energy saving
Energy systems

Keywords

  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • building simulation
  • energy systems
  • power systems
  • built environment
  • sustainable energy
  • uk

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