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Grounding urban energy tools in the lived experiences of the urban poor - a case for incorporating participatory methods in urban building energy models

Fennel, P; Lambert, R; Janda, K; Tomei, J; (2019) Grounding urban energy tools in the lived experiences of the urban poor - a case for incorporating participatory methods in urban building energy models. In: Proceedings of International conference on Building Energy Demand Reduction in Global South. Zero peak Energy Building Design for India (ZEDI): New Delhi, India. Green open access

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Abstract Urban building energy models (UBEMs) are an example of a data-driven method for predicting energy consumption and assessing the impacts of policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions in cities. Such tools are gaining increasing ground as cities and governments seek to understand and manage energy demand. Originally developed for developed cities in the global North, there is now considerable interest in their application in the rapidly urbanising cities of the global South. This development history means that to date, UBEMs have not incorporated slums. With almost 30% of the global urban population living in slums and the vast majority of those in the global South, this paper considers the challenges of energy access for the urban poor in the global South and how people have been represented in UBEMs thus far. The implications of this failure to incorporate a large section of the urban population are considered. Participatory research methods are proposed as a method for collecting, processing and developing the data which is necessary to ground UBEMs and similar tools in the lived experiences of the urban poor.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Grounding urban energy tools in the lived experiences of the urban poor - a case for incorporating participatory methods in urban building energy models
Event: International conference on Building Energy Demand Reduction in Global South
Location: New Delhi, India
Dates: 13 December 2019 - 14 December 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://zedibuilder.co.in/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116955
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