Cooling is the New Heating: NZ's self-denial. Keynote Speech

Byrd, Hugh (2022) Cooling is the New Heating: NZ's self-denial. Keynote Speech. In: New Zealand BuiltEnvironment Research Symposium (NZBERS), 17-18 February 2022, Auckland.

Cooling is the New Heating: NZ's self-denial. Keynote Speech
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As the climate warms, we use more electricity for cooling, causing more carbon emissions, causing the climate to warm further causing the use of more electricity for cooling and so on. This presentation looks at past and recent policies of energy efficiency for the cooling of buildings and asks the difficult questions of why it took almost 30 years to question our energy efficiency standards; why does NZ have some of the lowest energy efficiency standards in the OECD; why do we have no specific data on energy used for cooling in NZ; why do we have some of the highest electricity prices in OECD; why are households in fuel poverty subsidizing the cost of cooling commercial buildings? Why do current policies show little respect to our climate emergency?

Keywords:climate, cooling, buildings, fuel poverty, New Zealand
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
H Engineering > H220 Environmental Engineering
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:48467
Deposited On:09 Mar 2022 14:28

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