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Energy saving by synergy and the quality of the built environment

By : Per HultÚn

This paper will focus on how the qualities of housing and urban environment may benefit from analyzing some built and some mobile artifacts together in a new way: What energy savings may be reached when we consider the existing built environment, new additional buildings, and an enlarged, attractive public transport system (and further on also the private car system) as parts of the same local system for sustainable use of energy? If so, new kinds of vehicles - especially those in public use - as well as solar based buildings, will have to be focused on. The use of energy in the built environment and in the transport system, respectively, has always been regarded as two separate phenomena. But might they work together? Is there a possibility of synergy between infra-systems, which might help us to reach the environmental goals - in a more integrated fashion - up to 2050?

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