Future-Proofed Design of Low-Energy Housing Developments: Case studies from the UK and Sweden

Georgiadou, M.C. 2017. Future-Proofed Design of Low-Energy Housing Developments: Case studies from the UK and Sweden. in: Bishop, J. (ed.) Building Sustainable Cities of the Future, Green Energy and Technology Switzerland Springer. pp. 29-56

Chapter titleFuture-Proofed Design of Low-Energy Housing Developments: Case studies from the UK and Sweden
AuthorsGeorgiadou, M.C.
EditorsBishop, J.
Abstract

This study examines the concept of ‘future-proofing’ the energy design of housing developments so as to achieve low-levels of energy consumption and carbon emissions over their lifecycle. This refers particularly to the selection of fabric energy efficiency measures and on-site low- or zero-carbon technologies (microgeneration or local energy networks) at an early design stage. The research adopts a multiple case study method with data gathered from two ‘best-practice’ housing developments in the UK and Sweden; namely, North West Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) and Välle Broar (Växjö). The research explores the future-proofed approaches used in the two cases in relation to a pre-established conceptual framework, which involves two aspects; namely; adopting lifecycle thinking and accommodating risks and uncertainties. The cross-case analysis reveals that there is widespread experimentation, which demonstrates that future-proofing is still in its infancy. Drivers for future-proofing mostly prompt strategies to accommodate risks and uncertainties in the UK; whereas in Sweden they lead to the adoption of lifecycle thinking. This is due to unique context-specific governance and institutional factors at both national (country) and local (case study) levels. The chapter concludes with the need to transfer knowledge to mainstream housing construction and inform policy-making in relation to long-term performance over a project’s full lifecycle.

Keywordsenergy, future-proofing, housing developments, lifecycle, uncertainty
Book titleBuilding Sustainable Cities of the Future, Green Energy and Technology
Page range29-56
Year2017
PublisherSpringer
Publication dates
Published01 Oct 2017
Place of publicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783319544564
ISSN1865-3529
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-54458-8

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