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Buildings for low energy air conditioning

Oreszczyn, T; (1998) Buildings for low energy air conditioning. In: Sherratt, AFC and Jones, WP, (eds.) New Developments in Air Conditioning. (pp. 25-36). Mid Career College Press: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Over half of global warming is thought to be attributable to the burning of fossil fuelsand slightly less than half of this is due to conditioning the environment withinbuildings. Since the UK government is committed to reducing carbon dioxideemissions by 20% between the years1990 and 2010, the pressure to improve theenergy efficiency of our building stock is likely to increase in the coming years.Field studies have identified that, on average, fuel costs for air conditioned buildingsare twice that of naturally ventilated buildings and result in twice the CO2 emissions1.Air conditioning is therefore often thought of as an environmental evil byenvironmentalists with calls to ban it. Air conditioning protagonists argue that airconditioning provides for a better environment within buildings and only accounts for6% of CO2 emissions in commercial and public buildings (i.e. 1% of total UK CO2emissions).This chapter explores some of the issues that can impact on the design of energyefficient air-conditioned buildings. The arguments presented in this chapter are basedon research carried out at the Bartlett, University College London (UCL) and on theauthors? experience of running the Department of Trade and Industry funded EnergyDesign Advice Scheme (EDAS) office based at UCL. EDAS provides free advice toany building professional involved in the design and/or commissioning of a newbuilding or refurbishment of an existing building. The office based at the Bartlett hasbeen involved in providing advice on over 700 projects with predicted cumulativeenergy savings for the scheme as a whole of £15 million per annum.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Buildings for low energy air conditioning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 5th Jan 2007
Keywords: development, energy, Low energies
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/2444
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