Present and future energy poverty, a holistic approach: A case study in Seville, Spain

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Energy poverty is a social problem that is accentuated in a climate change future scenario where families become increasingly vulnerable. This problem has been studied in cold weather, but it also takes place in warm climates such as those of Mediterranean countries, and it has not been widely targeted. In these countries, approximately 70% of its building stock was built during 1960–1980, its renovation being an opportunity to reduce its energy demand, improve tenants’ quality of life, and make it more resilient to climate change. In the retrofitting process, it is also important to consider tenants’ adaptability and regional scenarios. In this sense, the present work proposes an assessment model of retrofitting projects that takes into consideration energy consumption, comfort, tenants’ health, and monetary poverty. For this, the Index of Vulnerable Homes was implemented in this research to consider adaptive comfort in the energy calculation as well as the adaptability to climate change. A case study of 40 social housings in Seville, Spain, was analyzed in 2050 and 2080 future scenarios, defining the impact in energy poverty of the building retrofitting projects.
Bill of quantities, Climate change, Direct and indirect energy, Energy poverty, Life-cycle analysis
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Alba-Rodríguez, M. D., Rubio-Bellido, C., Tristancho-Carvajal, M., Castaño-Rosa, R., & Marrero, M. (2021). Present and Future Energy Poverty, a Holistic Approach: A Case Study in Seville, Spain. Sustainability, 13(14), 7866.