Importance of Building Energy Efficiency Towards National and Regional Energy Targets

Aktaş C. B.

in: Towards a Sustainable Future - Life Cycle Management Challenges and Prospects, Zbigniew Stanislaw Klos,Joanna Kalkowska,Jędrzej Kasprzak, Editor, Springer Nature, New York, pp.155-163, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • City: New York
  • Page Numbers: pp.155-163
  • Editors: Zbigniew Stanislaw Klos,Joanna Kalkowska,Jędrzej Kasprzak, Editor
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


AbstractThe buildings sector in the EU consumes 40% of energy and is responsible for 36% of CO2 emissions. With growing public interest on the subject, there have been several EU policies developed to curb impacts. Statistical analysis conducted in the case study indicates an increase in both total and buildings’ energy consumption trends leading up to 2030, with total energy consumption having an expected value of 40% increase and building energy consumption having an expected value of 33% increase. Analysis results indicate that building energy consumption could be maintained at current levels if a proactive approach is embraced. Focusing solely on buildings’ energy consumption does not solve national or regional energy problems, but neglecting them altogether prevents significant gains to be made. Building energy efficiency is not the solution by itself to achieve energy goals in EU, but is an important contributor toward the solution.