Next Article in Journal
Numerical Analysis of the Behavior of an IPM Bridge According to Super-Structure and Sub-Structure Properties
Previous Article in Journal
Assessment of Groundwater Drought in the Mangyeong River Basin, Korea
Article Menu
Issue 3 (March) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

Impact of the Surrounding Built Environment on Energy Consumption in Mixed-Use Building

School of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 50 UNIST-gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 44919, Korea
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 832; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030832
Received: 13 February 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 2 March 2018 / Published: 15 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
  |  
PDF [2254 KB, uploaded 3 May 2018]
  |  

Abstract

While a mixture of residential and non-residential uses in urban development has advantages in reducing transportation energy consumption and improving efficiency of land utilization, the patterns of energy consumption in mixed-use buildings are largely unknown. To understand associations between the built environment and energy consumption and to find effective strategies for energy saving, this study aims to examine how the gas and electricity energy consumption of mixed-use properties is influenced by the characteristics of the immediate surroundings of the building as well as by the building’s attributes. The sample for this study is 22,109 mixed-use buildings in Seoul, Korea and the main source of outcome is electricity and gas energy consumption data retrieved from the open system of building data in 2015 and 2016. The regression results showed that a higher proportion of non-residential uses in mixed-use buildings was positively associated with higher electricity consumption overall but that it reduced gas energy use during the winter. In particular, increased restaurant and service use significantly influenced electricity consumption in the buildings. With regard to surrounding built environment, higher impervious surfaces and dense development near the buildings increased the electricity consumption of the buildings but it reduced gas energy consumption. Our results imply that, through the mediating effects of UHIs, the built environment characteristics of immediate surroundings may have indirect effects on energy consumption in mixed-use buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: mixed-use building; surrounding built environment; energy consumption mixed-use building; surrounding built environment; energy consumption
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Woo, Y.-E.; Cho, G.-H. Impact of the Surrounding Built Environment on Energy Consumption in Mixed-Use Building. Sustainability 2018, 10, 832.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top