Strategies for a Low Carbon Urban Built Environment
The main objective of COST 23 Action – Low Carbon Urban Built Environments (LCUBE) is to investigate how carbon reductions can be achieved through appropriate design and management of the urban built environment.
The Action is investigating :
- minimising energy use and associated emissions from buildings. Newly constructed and refurbished buildings are being investigated,
- indirect energy impacts of infrastructure developments.
Carbon emissions are associated with the construction, refurbishment and operation of buildings. Sources of emissions relating to buildings include:
- Direct emissions resulting from heating, lighting and ventilation of buildings.
- Indirect including construction of buildings, transportation of people and materials, and in the treatment of water, waste and sewage.
Social and economic implications of the incorporation of low carbon modifications are also being considered to prevent conflict.
Government organisations at a national and local level, professional bodies, and public and private industry involved at all stages of construction and maintenance of the built environment are involved with the project and to whom the results will be relevant.