A tool for depicting the embodied energy of the Adelaide urban environment

  • Pullen S
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Modern cities depend upon the supply and consumption of significant quantities of energy to function adequately. There are undesirable consequences of this dependency and the minimisation of energy consumption and improved energy efficiency are now being considered in the design of buildings and the urban form. A comprehensive approach to analysing energy consumption involves the whole life cycle of buildings and infrastructure, including the embodied energy used to manufacture materials from which cities are constructed. The mapping of life cycle energy consumption in the urban environment would provide a means of determining optimum urban forms, monitoring energy efficiency improvements and complying with targets for greenhouse gas emissions. As a first step towards this aim, research is being carried out to depict the embodied energy of residential buildings in the Adelaide metropolitan area in a spatial format. This paper summarises the results of that research and outlines future developments.

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