4. Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing

Working Group Coordinators

Ebru Ergöz Karahan ebru.karahan@ozyegin.edu.tr
Faculty of Architecture and Design, Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey

Henk Visscher h.j.visscher@tudelft.nl   
OTB - Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Catalina Turcu catalina.turcu@ucl.ac.uk
University College London, Bartlett School of the Built Environment, UK

Description of the Working Group

The housing sector is responsible for a large share of the total global use of energy, so, it has a significant impact on the environment. Since energy efficiency and environmental sustainability have become major arenas of debate pursued by governments across the world, the housing sector will have to face the challenge of increasing energy efficiency in planning, designing, constructing new housing, as well as in renovating and maintaining the existing stock. Evaluation of the performance of buildings, building materials and services has also come into focus. All actors participating in the housing sector are giving more attention to environmental aspects as well as social, cultural, and economic aspects. Thus, the aims of the Working Group are as follows:

  • to analyse how environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are affected in the production, renovation, and maintenance of housing;
  • to evaluate new concepts and technologies related to the analysis of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in housing;
  • to explore different methods, tools, and approaches for enhancing the environmental sustainability of housing.
  • to consider the effectiveness of policies and regulatory tools intended to improve energy performances and reduce environmental impacts of housing;
  • to provide a forum for debates about linkages among these topics.

Within this concept, the working group's scope is housing design, production, renovation, maintenance and new building concepts related to sustainability, energy efficiency, building sustainability assessment methods and tools, LCA, LCC, performance assessment, energy behaviour, actual energy use, indoor air quality, and regulations, policies and practices in relation to these issues, as well as theoretical and methodological issues associated with research.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions related to the aims and topics indicated in the description of the Working Group.