Higher energy efficiency standards in buildings


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The task

To help South Oxfordshire District Council investigate the feasibility of using the planning process to advance higher energy efficiency standards on a major housing development.

How we helped

The planning process provides local authorities with an opportunity to encourage developers to use improved energy performance and sustainable construction in developments. We undertook two studies to assist this authority.

In the first study, we provided a strategic briefing on a range of energy issues relevant to a development in South Oxfordshire, including advanced housing design, zero carbon and zero heating designs, transport energy use and the potential scope for reducing the embedded energy in building materials. Our report also identified overall energy targets for the development.  In a follow-on study, AEA Energy & Environment* examined the developers’ standard dwelling designs to identify where specific cost effective, energy-saving measures could be used.

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