Fuel poverty as a determinant in energy retrofitting actions

Sánchez-Guevara Sánchez, Carmen and Román López, María Emilia and Gómez Muñoz, Gloria (2014). Fuel poverty as a determinant in energy retrofitting actions. In: "I Congreso Internacional sobre Investigación en Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónicas", 11-13 Jun 2014, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-617-0504-7.

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Title: Fuel poverty as a determinant in energy retrofitting actions
Author/s:
  • Sánchez-Guevara Sánchez, Carmen
  • Román López, María Emilia
  • Gómez Muñoz, Gloria
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: I Congreso Internacional sobre Investigación en Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónicas
Event Dates: 11-13 Jun 2014
Event Location: Madrid
Title of Book: I Congreso Internacional sobre Investigación en Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónicas
Date: 11 June 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0504-7
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: fuel poverty, energy retrofitting, social housing, Zaragoza, adaptive comfort model
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónica
UPM's Research Group: arquitectura bioclimática en un entorno sostenible (abio)
Creative Commons Licenses: None

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Abstract

Fuel poverty can be defined as “the inability to afford adequate warmth in the home" and it is the result of the combination of three items: low household income, housing lack of energy efficiency and high energy bills. Although it affects a growing number of households within the European Union only some countries have an official definition for it. In 2013, the European Parliament claimed the Commission and Estate Members to develop different policies in order to fight household energy vulnerability. The importance of tackling fuel poverty is based on the critical consequences it has for human health living below certain temperatures. In Spain some advances have been made in this field but main existing studies remain at the statistical level and do not deepen the understanding of the problem from the perspective of dwelling indoor habitability conditions. What is more, this concept is yet to be officially defined. This paper presents the evaluation of fuel poverty in a building block of social housing located in the centre of Zaragoza and how this issue determined the strategies implemented in the energy retrofitting intervention project. At a first step, fuel poverty was appraised through the exploration of indoor thermal conditions. The adaptive thermal comfort (UNE-EN 15251:2008) method was used to establish the appropriate indoor temperatures and consequently to determine what can be called 'comfort gap'. Results were collated and verified with energy bills collection and a survey work that gathered data from neighbours. All this permitted pointing out those households more in need. Results from the social analysis combined with the evaluation of the building thermal performance determined the intervention. The renovation project was aimed at the implementation of passive strategies that improve households thermal comfort in order to alleviate households fuel poverty situation. This research is part of the project NewSolutions4OldHousing (LIFE10 ENV/ES/439) cofounded by the European Commission under the LIFE+ Programme.

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Item ID: 33534
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33534/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33534
Deposited by: Carmen Sánchez-Guevara Sánchez
Deposited on: 15 Jan 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 10:11
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