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Energies 2017, 10(5), 582; doi:10.3390/en10050582

China Building Energy Consumption: Definitions and Measures from an Operational Perspective

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College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
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School of Economics, JiNan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
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Institute of Resource, Environment and Sustainable Development Research, JiNan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
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School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
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Academic Editor: Chi-Ming Lai
Received: 18 February 2017 / Revised: 12 March 2017 / Accepted: 17 April 2017 / Published: 25 April 2017
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Abstract

China building energy consumption (BEC) has been gradually derived and also sparked attention. However, something worth discussing is estimating the BEC based on the definition of life cycle or building operation. In addition, there exists discrepancy in the previous studies and the real status of BEC has not been known well. In order to settle the disputes over the calculation of BEC, this paper establishes an appropriate accounting method of building energy to present the BEC situation in China and lays the foundation for policymakers to develop appropriate energy saving policies. Meanwhile, this study attempts to clarify the BEC to help policymakers assess the effect of environmental policies. Using the method in this document, we find that the energy consumption of buildings just accounts for 15%–16% of the final total energy consumption in China; by contrast, the previous studies usually have double accounting through a top-down approach if central heat supply of buildings was taken into additional consideration. View Full-Text
Keywords: building energy consumption; operation; life cycle; China building energy consumption; operation; life cycle; China
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Wei, W.; He, L.-Y. China Building Energy Consumption: Definitions and Measures from an Operational Perspective. Energies 2017, 10, 582.

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