On commuting related energy consumption and its assessment

prof. Ing. arch. Karel Maier, CSc.

The energy consumption of buildings consists of two components: the direct consumption (e. g. heating and operation of home appliances) and the indirect consumption related to the location of the building (e. g. energy consumption of the induced transport). While energy efficiency of the building operation gained sustained research effort resulting in large improvements of energy efficiency, the location-related energy efficiency gained much less attention, as it seemed rather arbitrary and random. This paper focuses on the topic of commuting related energy consumption as it becomes a crucial part of the energy consumption of the recent state-of-the-art passive houses, often reaching multiples of the heating energy consumption. The analysis of transport-related energy consumption in the Czech Republic reveals substantial potential for energy conservation during the development process as the variability between individual localities is large and new development is often located rather inefficiently from this point of view.

Za obsah této stránky zodpovídá: prof. Dr. Henri Hubertus Achten