Defining and Operationalising the Concept of an Energy Positive Neighbourhood

Mia Ala-Juusela, Mari Sepponen, Tracey Crosbie

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Abstract

University campuses, residential neighbourhoods and other urban areas have different needs for energy solutions. The formulation and comparison of these solutions demands well-defined concepts and robust decision support tools. This paper proposes the following definition: “Energy positive neighbourhoods are those in which the annual energy demand is lower than annual energy supply from local renewable energy sources. Short-term imbalances … are corrected with national energy supplies. The aim is to provide a functional, healthy, user friendly environment with as low energy demand and little environmental impact as possible.” Key performance indicators are proposed along with an ‘energy positivity label’. A decision support tool for the long term planning of neighbourhood energy solutions is described which is currently being used to evaluate a university campus in France and a residential neighbourhood in Finland. The research presented extends the limits of current approaches to energy analyses from individual buildings to neighbourhood level.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 27 Sep 20153 Oct 2015

Conference

Conference10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period27/09/153/10/15

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