Energy efficiency as a means of addressing energy poverty

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Dr. Tania Urmee and Dr. Jonathan Whale
Discipline of Engineering and Energy
College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Murdoch University, Murdoch Drive, WA6150, Australia

Manuscript Topics
AIMS Energy Journal Special Issue: Energy efficiency for low income and detachable house

More than a third of primary energy is consumed in buildings where it is utilised for the heating, ventilating, cooling, lighting and operation of appliances. Hence, the building sector represents a major contribution to fossil fuel use and related carbon dioxide emissions. Electricity is crucial to the health, wellbeing, economic participation and social inclusion of everybody. Increasing energy prices creates pressures in low income and disadvantages households experiencing energy stress, which have significant implications for their health and well-being. Tenants in community and social housing are often on low incomes, and may also have special needs and their energy consumption are relatively high, as they spend long hours in their homes. These cohort of people are particularly vulnerable to increasing energy prices. Predicting the impact that human behaviour and energy efficiency measures on residential energy consumption is complex. Energy consumption is affected by the income, age group, lifestyle and behaviour of occupants as well as the physical characteristics of dwellings and the environment where the building is located. As dwellings are non-homogenous, maximising emissions reductions for each dwelling can only be achieved with knowledge of how the combination of variables of the buildings physical material, environment and behaviour of its occupants all come together uniquely. There is good evidence to show that improving building efficiency will lower energy expenditure and therefore emissions, even after the “rebound effect” is accounted for where energy savings achieved through energy efficiency measures are “taken back” as higher internal temperature or increased plug load.

The special issue include, but not limited to, the following themes:

• Energy intensity indicators
• Energy poverty
• Low energy social housing
• Index decomposition analysis and energy efficiency
• Regression analysis for benchmarking energy efficiency performance
• Sectoral energy efficiency modeling
• Energy efficiency monitoring in developing countries and countries in economies in transition
• Assessment of energy efficiency policies/measures
• Other topics relevant to energy efficiency technologies, measures and policy

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All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication.
The deadline for manuscript submission is October 31, 2019.

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