‘Industria L oci ’’, The Energy of Place

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The human population of cities in 2020 consume 75% of the world’s resources in the form of energy, water and materials. 55% of the world’s population live in urban environments and by 2050 this figure is expected to rise to 65%. These facts combined with the reality that residential energy use alone, accounts for almost 40% of global carbon emissions indicates that the challenge of reducing our profligate use of residential energy, and thus reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, is first and foremost an urban challenge and opportunity. The theme of this paper is prioritisation. By prioritising the development of low rise, integrated mixed-use developments we are facilitating energy use in the most efficient and beneficial way, toward achieving these reductions. The authors argue that such developments are also societally enriching, through the creation of another layer of understanding of the urban environment, achieved through reflecting key energy engagements between buildings, uses and sites. The energy logic of such developments is further justified and enabled, if combined with the reuse of serviced ‘brownfield’ urban sites, a variety of user profiles, long life facilitation of habitation use, and resource efficiencies; all achieved whilst facilitating low carbon living at an urban microscale.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA2020
PublisherPassive Low Energy Architecture
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Sept 2020
EventPassive Low Energy Architecture 2020: Planning Post Carbon Cities - University of A Coruña, A Coruna, Spain
Duration: 1 Sept 20203 Sept 2020


ConferencePassive Low Energy Architecture 2020
Abbreviated titlePLEA2020
CityA Coruna
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  • urban design
  • resource optimisation
  • mixed-use


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