The influence of housing size, style and location on energy and greenhouse gas emissions
Fuller, Robert and Treloar, Graham J. 2004, The influence of housing size, style and location on energy and greenhouse gas emissions, in ANZSES 2004 : Solar 2004 : Life, the universe and renewables, Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Perth, W.A..
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ANZSES 2004 : Solar 2004 : Life, the universe and renewables
Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
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Concern about the growth of greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria has prompted the introduction of legislation to improve the thermal performance of the residential building envelope. Unfortunately, the size of the house is not considered in the rating tool that underpins the legislation. The energy embodied in the constructional materials is also not considered although it too is directly related to the size of the house. Another intrinsic factor relating residential housing energy and greenhouse gas emissions is the location of the residence and the travel preferences of the homeowner. The relationship between the operational, embodied and travel energy associated with a typical residential scenario in Melbourne over the last 50 years is examined in this paper. The analysis found that by the year 2000, the energy associated with work-related travel (44%) now exceeds the operational energy (37%). In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the contribution from travel energy is almost double that from operational energy (28%).
Field of Research
129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
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