A Study of Urban Form and the Integration of Energy Supply Technologies

Vicky Cheng
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK

Sandip Deshmukh
Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK

Anthony Hargreaves
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK

Koen Steemers
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK

Matthew Leach
Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110573356

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:46, s. 3356-3363

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Buildings account for a substantial share of the energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the UK. Reduction of energy consumption and the use of low carbon technologies in buildings constitute a vital part in achieving the government’s CO2 reduction goals. Based on six existing urban form examples in the UK; this paper explores the potential for integrating different low carbon technologies for buildings taking into account factors relate to built forms. The study suggests that dwelling density has a significant influence on energy demand; however; it is not the only factor that influences the potential for low carbon energy supply. The combination of dwelling density and site coverage are the crucial built form factors that determine the potential of CO2 reductions from low carbon technologies. The initial findings suggest that medium to low density housing may in some cases enable a greater saving in CO2 emissions than higher density development because of the greater amount of space for collection of renewable energy. However; the effects of density on the energy use by other sectors such as transport; water and waste management; also needs to be considered and this integrated approach is part of our ongoing research on the ReVISIONS project.


Urban Form; Integrated Energy Supply; Renewable Energy; Low Carbon Technologies


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