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All the way to the top! the energy implications of building tall cities

Hamilton, I; Evans, S; Steadman, P; Godoy-Shimizu, D; Donn, M; Shayesteh, H; Moreno, G; (2017) All the way to the top! the energy implications of building tall cities. Energy Procedia , 122 pp. 493-498. 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.302. Green open access

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Abstract

Density of urban form may be achieved under a variety of morphological designs that do not rely on tallness alone. Tall buildings have implications on the broader urban environment and infrastructure that lower buildings would not have, e.g. wind effects, sight-lines, or over-shading. They may also have an impact on energy use for reasons of buildings-physics, construction, and occupant practices. This study uses a statistical approach of neighbourhood level data to analyse the impact of building morphology (e.g. height, volume and density) on energy demand in 12 local authorities in London. The research shows that areas marked by tall buildings use more gas after adjusting for exposures surface area, volume, number of residents and other features. The implication for energy policy and planning is building taller without increasing density may have an energy penalty.

Type: Article
Title: All the way to the top! the energy implications of building tall cities
Event: CISBAT 2017 International Conference – Future Buildings & Districts – Energy Efficiency from Nano to Urban Scale
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Dates: 06 September 2017 - 08 September 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.302
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.302
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10024280
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