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Building related energy poverty in developed countries – Past, present, and future from a Canadian perspective


Building related energy poverty in developed countries – Past, present, and future from a Canadian perspective

Tardy, François ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2584-8919 and Lee, Bruno ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2059-6641 (2019) Building related energy poverty in developed countries – Past, present, and future from a Canadian perspective. Energy and Buildings, 194 . pp. 46-61. ISSN 03787788 (In Press)

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In the past 15 years, household energy costs in Canada have risen at a much faster pace than real income, particularly in low-income households. Within-the-home energy poverty rates, as determined by various metrics, have followed suit. Low-income households across Canada consume the least amount of energy per year and per unit heated area. They also tend to live in smaller dwellings which require more energy per unit floor area. Low-income households tend to live in older, rented dwellings which are retrofitted less often than owner-occupied dwellings and are the least exposed to energy-saving technology. Several solutions can assist in reversing the increasing rates of energy poverty in Canada, including reinstating non-profit housing programs, providing on-site renewable energy generation and defining energy as a basic need.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Item Type:Article
Authors:Tardy, François and Lee, Bruno
Journal or Publication:Energy and Buildings
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.04.013
Keywords:Energy poverty; Retrofits; Energy efficiency; Green construction; Rental housing; Built environment; Heating energy; Canada
ID Code:985314
Deposited By: ALINE SOREL
Deposited On:18 Apr 2019 20:03
Last Modified:12 Apr 2021 01:00


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