Energy Efficiency of Buildings: A New Challenge for Urban Models

Jin, Y. (ed.): Applied Urban Modelling: Assessing Pathways Towards Energy Efficient and Climate-Wise Regions, Cambridge: British Academy, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2013 Last revised: 24 Jul 2014

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Franz Fuerst

University of Cambridge - Department of Land Economy; University of Melbourne; City University of New York - Center for Urban Research

Michael Wegener

University of Dortmund

Date Written: December 6, 2013

Abstract

Despite some recent conceptual studies and a modicum of empirical evidence, urban models do not currently take into account the energy efficiency of buildings. This paper presents a framework for incorporating energy efficiency and energy use of buildings into urban models based on microeconomic theory and pricing mechanisms in real estate markets. Using the example of the IRPUD urban land use, transport and environment model, it is demonstrated how a simplified model of building energy-efficient new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings can be integrated into the model to forecast the overall greenhouse gas emissions of households.

Keywords: Urban models, energy efficiency retrofits, housing markets, land use transport interaction

JEL Classification: R14, R15, R21, R31, Q4

Suggested Citation

Fuerst, Franz and Wegener, Michael, Energy Efficiency of Buildings: A New Challenge for Urban Models (December 6, 2013). Jin, Y. (ed.): Applied Urban Modelling: Assessing Pathways Towards Energy Efficient and Climate-Wise Regions, Cambridge: British Academy, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364614

Franz Fuerst (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Department of Land Economy ( email )

19 Silver Street
Cambridge, CB3 9EP
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.landecon.cam.ac.uk/directory/dr-franz-fuerst

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

City University of New York - Center for Urban Research

CUNY The Graduate Center
New York, NY 10011
United States

Michael Wegener

University of Dortmund ( email )

Dortmund, D-44221
United States

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