State of the Art on Sustainability Assessment of Positive Energy Districts: Methodologies, Indicators and Future Perspectives

Francesco Guarino (Corresponding author), Adriano Bisello, Dorian Frieden, Joana Bastos, Alberto Brunetti, Maurizio Cellura, Marco Ferraro, Alberto Fichera, Emanuela Giancola, Matthias Haase, Julia Kantorovitch, Camilla Neumann, Rose Mankaa, Ivan Luque Segura, Marzia Traverso, Giovanni Tumminia, Rosaria Volpe, Xiaojin Zhang

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Abstract

The concept of Positive Energy District is one of the main areas of research and extensive applications of the principles of the clean energy transition within the building sector. In the past years, the most widely accepted definitions have focused specifically on carbon neutrality, while several other aspects regarding all sustainability approaches (including environmental, social and economic perspective) were included qualitatively or to a lesser degree. This paper proposes a discussion on the state of the art of the sustainability assessment of Positive Energy Districts, by investigating environmental, social and economic sustainability applications. The three sustainability dimensions are investigated individually first, while discussing methodological insights, key performance indicators used and quantitative results, as well as in an integrated perspective. Finally, the paper describes research gaps and areas for further development on the topic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability in Energy and Buildings, 2021
EditorsJohn R. Littlewood, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
PublisherSpringer
Pages479-492
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-6269-0
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-6268-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event13th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings, SEB 2021 - Virtual, Split, Croatia
Duration: 15 Sep 202117 Sep 2021

Publication series

SeriesSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Number263
ISSN2190-3018

Conference

Conference13th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings, SEB 2021
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CitySplit
Period15/09/2117/09/21

Keywords

  • Carbon–neutral
  • Economics
  • Environmental
  • Positive energy districts
  • Social
  • Sustainability assessment

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