Special Issue "Building Energy Consumption in the Global South"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sukumar Natarajan Website E-Mail
Department of Architecture & Civil EngineeringCentre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn)
Phone: +44 1225 386358
Interests: building energy modeling, energy behavior, smart meter interface design, impacts of climate change on buildings, occupant thermal comfort

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Global South alone is predicted to double the current total global built floor space by 2050. This rapid pace of development will place a significant strain on already fragile energy networks, whilst increasing carbon emissions. Given that buildings currently consume about a third of global fuel and power consumption while emitting a quarter of global CO2, there is a significant opportunity for gaining simultaneous benefits through carefully thought out solutions that avoid unintended consequences. These include (i) climate change mitigation through reduced emissions, (ii) adaptation through resilient design, (iii) energy security through the reduction of mean and peak demand, (iv) technologies for effective energy management in buildings and communities, (v) mental and physical health benefits through occupant-conscious design, and (vi) economic benefits through energy efficiency and the stimulation of new industries. Given the shared climates and development level of many countries in the Global South, a platform for sharing research and driving new innovation is essential.

The papers in this Special Issue will collect but are not limited to the key outcomes from the international conference on “Energy Consumption in the Global South” held in Dec 2019 in New Delhi, as a first step towards this goal. The conference will cover research from several Global South countries including India, South Africa, Mexico, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and China.

Dr. Sukumar Natarajan
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Climate change mitigation adaptation
  • Energy security
  • Energy efficiency
  • Occupant health and comfort
  • Low-energy heating and cooling
  • Renewable energy

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Assessment of Current Energy Consumption in Residential Buildings in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Buildings 2019, 9(7), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9070163 - 07 Jul 2019
Abstract
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), residential buildings’ energy consumption accounts for almost 50% of the building stock electricity consumption. The KSA’s economy relies heavily on fossil fuel sources, namely oil reservoirs, whose depletion will negatively affect the future development of the [...] Read more.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), residential buildings’ energy consumption accounts for almost 50% of the building stock electricity consumption. The KSA’s economy relies heavily on fossil fuel sources, namely oil reservoirs, whose depletion will negatively affect the future development of the country. The total electricity consumption is growing by approximately 5–8% annually, which would lead to oil production and oil consumption being equal in 2035. Therefore, residential buildings need further assessment as regards their current energy consumption. This research used a survey to explore current user behaviour in residential buildings’ energy performance in the city of Jeddah, KSA. The findings of the survey show that several factors impact the energy performance in residential buildings. First, the buildings’ thermal properties were found to be poorly designed. Second, the cultural aspects (family member role and generous hospitality), and the majority of users within the buildings preferring a room temperature of below 24 °C, requires a massive amount of cooling due to the climate conditions. Third, an increase in user awareness has helped to slightly improve residential buildings’ energy efficiency. Knowing the current high-energy-consumption sources and causes, being able to define opportunities for thermal properties’ enhancement, and increasing user awareness of how to achieve self-sustaining buildings are essential. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Energy Consumption in the Global South)
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