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Energy Performance of Buildings: Energy Efficiency and Built Environment in Temperate Climates

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This book  analyses the trends and technologies of green and energy efficient building, identifying strategies for implementing energy savings and enabling the use of renewable resources in residential, commercial, healthcare and educational building sectors. The authors focus on best practices in temperate climates, providing in-depth coverage of urban heat island, climate change and fuel poverty mitigation through architectural optimisation, leveraging renewable energy sources and utilisation of cutting-edge cooling materials.


Pragmatic emphasis is placed on improving the energy performance of existing building stock to meet short and long term objectives of climate and energy conservation strategies. Engineers, architects, designers, students, policy makers and efficiency professionals will all gain valuable insights and ideas from this practical handbook to greening the built environment.


   The book consists a consolidated, complete information resource on the characteristics, challenges and energy potential of buildings in temperate climates. More specifically, the book:


  • provides sorely needed benchmarks for understanding relative energy performance levels of buildings, as judged against current regulations, best case scenarios and expected mid-term trends;
  • explains the design techniques and technologies needed to achieve required energy efficiency, comfort and occupant health performance levels, with underlying theory supported by real examples;
  • addresses such key topics as how the building performance may vary with climate change, increasing resiliency to heat waves and transitioning toward Net Zero Buildings;
  • emphasises the differences between new construction and retrofitting, with a clear identification of performance losses in the latter; and
  • evaluates the potential contribution of the building stock to GHG abatement as function of the retrofitting intensity.



For further information, please visit the relevant Springer webpage at the link below.