Vol 8, N° 2 (2015)

Cities, Energy and Built Environment


Copertina
The improvement of energy efficiency is one of the main challenges for addressing the objectives set by the EU 20-20-20 Strategy. Cities are responsible for two-thirds of global energy consumption and this proportion is expected to grow further. Cities represent complex systems in which physical assets, strategic and economic activities as well as the most of the world population are concentrated. Hence, to achieve relevant and enduring results in addressing energy efficiency issues, it is necessary to broaden our vision from the building scale to the whole urban structure. Urban planning is more and more considered as a crucial element in the long-term energy efficiency strategies. Hence, relevant and enduring results in addressing energy efficiency issues, can be achieved broadening our vision from the building scale to the whole urban structure and taking into account the relationships between the different urban components and energy.
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