POSSIBLE AND PREFERABLE SCENARIOS OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
THE CONTRIBUTION OF ENERGY POVERTY ALLEVIATON TO SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. EASTERN EUROPEAN URBAN CONTEXT
energy poverty, social exclusion, condominiums, affordable housing, energy efficiency
Energy poverty as a phenomenon is linked to the combined effect of three main factors – low household incomes, high energy costs and low energy efficiency of housing. It is a proven fact that this phenomenon has a serious negative impact on the quality of life and citizen’s health, but in the same time, energy poverty contributes to a huge waste of energy and thus affects sustainable development of the built environment. Altogether the energy poverty generates deficits and discrepancies for territorial economies and society. The paper investigates the issue of energy poverty and its appearance, also in the Eastern European context. The potential for alleviation and – in the long term – for the elimination of energy poverty by applying measures for energy-efficient retrofit of residential multi-storey apartment housing is analysed. The emphasis is put on achieving the optimal ratio of saved energy versus used financial resource for renovated housing.
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Georgi Georgiev, Architect and PhD, is a Full Professor at the Department of Architecture, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria). Chartered member of UK Chartered Institute of Housing, Representative of the Union of Bulgarian Architects in Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) – Working Group on Housing and Living Environment, long term experience in sustainable development, housing, urban and environmental planning and management in transition economies. Mob. +359 888/45.26.88 | E-mail: email@example.com
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