Energy efficiency rating of districts, case Finland

Åsa Hedman (Corresponding Author), Mari Sepponen, Mikko Virtanen

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Abstract

There is an increasing political pressure on the city planning to create more energy efficient city plans. Not only do the city plans have to enable and promote energy efficient solutions, but it also needs to be clearly assessed how energy efficient the plans are. City planners often have no or poor know how about energy efficiency and building technologies which makes it difficult for them to answer to this need without new guidelines and tools. An easy to use tool for the assessment of the energy efficiency of detailed city plans was developed. The aim of the tool is for city planners to easily be able to assess the energy efficiency of the proposed detailed city plan and to be able to compare the impacts of changes in the plan. The tool is designed to be used with no in-depth knowledge about energy or building technology. With a wide use of the tool many missed opportunities for improving energy efficiency can be avoided. It will provide better opportunities for sustainable solutions leading to less harmful environmental impact and reduced emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-418
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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In: Energy Policy, Vol. 65, 2014, p. 408-418.

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