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On the minimal thermal habitability conditions in low income dwellings in Spain for a new definition of fuel poverty

Sanchez-Guevara Sanchez, C; Mavrogianni, A; Neila Gonzalez, FJ; (2016) On the minimal thermal habitability conditions in low income dwellings in Spain for a new definition of fuel poverty. Building and Environment , 114 pp. 344-356. 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.12.029. Green open access

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Abstract

Fuel poverty can be defined as “the inability to afford adequate warmth in the home”. The concept was firstly developed due to health risks related to cold among low income households. However, in the last few decades, especially since the summer heat wave of 2003 that caused 35,000 deaths across Europe, a lot of research has been conducted about the health risks related to high temperatures. Along with advances in knowledge related to the health risks associated with inadequate temperatures, several directives of the European Commission related to energy regulation urge Member States to develop their own fuel poverty definitions. This need of a methodological development for new definitions poses several questions. First, what should be the temperature thresholds for the overheated season? But, furthermore, are existing temperature baselines adequate for the Spanish context and climate? This paper presents a preliminary approach to define these new temperature thresholds for the Spanish context through the adaptive comfort model criteria. For that purpose, a statistically representative dwelling building typology of vulnerable household spaces was used to analyze indoor thermal temperatures and hence, to establish minimal energy requirements so as to achieve minimal habitability conditions.

Type: Article
Title: On the minimal thermal habitability conditions in low income dwellings in Spain for a new definition of fuel poverty
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.12.029
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.12.029
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.
Keywords: Adaptive comfort; Fuel poverty; Housing stock; Spain; Low income; Energy consumption
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/1545662
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