Identification of environmental and financial cost efficient heating and ventilation services for a typical residential building in Belgium

Identification of environmental and financial cost efficient heating and ventilation services for... 1 Introduction</h5> According to UNEP, the building sector is responsible for more than one third of all global greenhouse gases (GHG) and for 40% of the world's material flows ( UNEP, 2009 ). Most of this relates to the use of fossil fuels for energy consumption during the service life of buildings. The residential sector accounts for 27% of the final energy consumption in the EU-27 countries ( European Commission, 2012 ). One typical measure employed to impede these environmental impact involves reducing the operational energy need in buildings. Focussing on energy consumption as a sole environmental indicator, however, provides insufficient insight into the environmental performance of buildings. For example, replacing a gas furnace with a heat pump that operates on nuclear electricity can shift environmental burdens from the depletion of fossil fuels and GHG emissions to the creation of radioactive waste and the depletion of uranium ( Blom et al., 2011 ). It is necessary to consider various types of environmental impact when investigating energy-efficient building solutions.</P>As energy-saving measures require additional financial investments, these are often unattractive to end-users and building developers in the short term. In some cases, however, the additional financial investments can be compensated http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Cleaner Production Elsevier

Identification of environmental and financial cost efficient heating and ventilation services for a typical residential building in Belgium

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd
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0959-6526
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10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.05.037
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1 Introduction</h5> According to UNEP, the building sector is responsible for more than one third of all global greenhouse gases (GHG) and for 40% of the world's material flows ( UNEP, 2009 ). Most of this relates to the use of fossil fuels for energy consumption during the service life of buildings. The residential sector accounts for 27% of the final energy consumption in the EU-27 countries ( European Commission, 2012 ). One typical measure employed to impede these environmental impact involves reducing the operational energy need in buildings. Focussing on energy consumption as a sole environmental indicator, however, provides insufficient insight into the environmental performance of buildings. For example, replacing a gas furnace with a heat pump that operates on nuclear electricity can shift environmental burdens from the depletion of fossil fuels and GHG emissions to the creation of radioactive waste and the depletion of uranium ( Blom et al., 2011 ). It is necessary to consider various types of environmental impact when investigating energy-efficient building solutions.</P>As energy-saving measures require additional financial investments, these are often unattractive to end-users and building developers in the short term. In some cases, however, the additional financial investments can be compensated

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Journal of Cleaner ProductionElsevier

Published: Oct 15, 2013

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