Sustainable Built Environment Research (SBER)
The Swedish Energy Agency
Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology, Faculty of Technology
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Swedish policy aims to reduce final energy use in buildings by 50% by 2050, and that new buildings are constructed with very low energy demands. This requires substantial changes to how the built environment is developed and supplied with energy, in particular, for capital intensive district heating system that supply about half of the heat for space heating and warm tap water in Sweden.
The aim of this project was to create strategic knowledge on how to develop a resource- and climate-efficient built environment in urban areas that is primarily based on renewable resources in a cost efficient way. We have analysed the life cycle monetary cost, primary energy use and greenhouse gas balances of buildings located in Sweden considering the various development strategies of the urban built environment and varied size of district heating systems.
The main research issues were: how can we cost effectively reduce the primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing and new buildings, and how the measures implemented at the building level interact with the heating systems and their development with regard to various external changes such as fuel price, taxes, and technology development?
The project was part of the research conducted by the Sustainable Built Environment Research (SBER) research group.