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THE URBAN TRANSECT: Sustainability Issues and Energy Balance: City of Lund case study
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”URBAN TRANSECT”: Hållbarhetsfrågor och energibalans : Fallstudie i Lunds kommun (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Nowadays cities represent the most energy consuming system, and the built environment is responsible of increasing levels of greenhouse gases emissions. This Master’s thesis aims to face the issues related to the energy consumption in a specific urban area, called transect. The urban transect is defined as a schematic representation of the most representative urban environments, showing the city evolution and characteristics.

Starting from a preliminary analysis of the urban morpho-typological characteristics and existing energy consumption, the aim is to provide the most suitable set of strategies in order to reduce the energy demand and increase the percentage of energy from renewable sources. The analysis process is based on a specific methodology which consists in connecting qualitative (building function, typology and age) and quantitative (building geometry, construction characteristics) information on the buildings located in the transect, to their energy consumption values. In this way, it is possible to highlight how the urban morphology can effectively influence the city metabolism in term of energy flows.

Within this research, this methodology has been applied on a transect in the city of Lund (Sweden). In this particular case, the individuated upgrading strategies are the modification of the energy sources through the enlargement of the district heating network and the application of solar technologies, such as photovoltaic and solar heating systems; and the building refurbishment by increasing the building envelope insulation. The positive results obtained after the implementation of these strategies demonstrate the validity of the methodology. Thus, the energy analysis of the transect linked to the urban morphology becomes an important tool which municipalities can use to increase the energy performance of the cities ina sustainable development perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 75 p.
SoM EX, 2012-18
Keyword [en]
energy consumption, urban transect, urban morphology, city metabolism, district heating, solar technologies, building refurbishment, sustainable development
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98219OAI: diva2:535688
Subject / course
Regional Planning
KTH, Stockholm (English)
Source project 2012
Available from: 2012-06-26 Created: 2012-06-20 Last updated: 2012-06-26Bibliographically approved

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