Air-conditioning in New Zealand:power and policy

Byrd, Hugh, Matthewman, Steve and Rasheed, Eziaku (2022) Air-conditioning in New Zealand:power and policy. Buildings and Cities, 3 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2632-6655

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Policies, codes, standards and voluntary ‘green’ assessments have exacerbated cooling demand in New Zealand’s commercial buildings. Building codes allow designs to use single glazing on the facade, voluntary ‘green’ criteria are not higher than the legal minimum in the code and inexpensive energy for commercial buildings all contribute to an increasing use of air-conditioning. Legal standards for the energy efficiency of the building envelope of commercial buildings have not significantly changed in over a quarter of a century and, over much of the same time, the cost of electricity (the predominant form of energy in New Zealand used to heat and cool buildings) has decreased for commercial buildings. These factors have led to an increased dependency on air-conditioning in commercial buildings. This increase in energy demand is unnecessary and can be reduced through policies, codes, and standards that reduce solar gain and use mixed-mode ventilation. The reduction in air-conditioning demand will improve energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Keywords:New Zealand, policy, energy performance, energy demand, cooling, commercial buildings, climate change, building regulations
Subjects:H Engineering > H631 Electrical Power Generation
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
J Technologies > J910 Energy Technologies
H Engineering > H221 Energy Resources
H Engineering > H220 Environmental Engineering
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
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Deposited On:20 Jan 2022 15:30

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