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Spatial mapping of building energy demand in Great Britain


Citation Taylor, S.C., Firth, S.K., Wang, C., Allinson, D., Quddus, M. and Smith, P. Spatial mapping of building energy demand in Great Britain. 2014. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12165.
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Author(s) Taylor, S.C., Firth, S.K., Wang, C., Allinson, D., Quddus, M. and Smith, P.
Opus Title Global Change Biology Bioenergy
Pages 123-135
Volume 6
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12165
Abstract

Maps of energy demand from buildings in Great Britain have been created at 1km square resolution. They reveal the spatial variation of demand for heat and electricity, of importance for energy distribution studies and particularly for bioenergy research given the significant distance based restrictions on the viability of bioenergy crops. Maps representing the spatial variation of energy demand for the year 2009 were created using publicly available subnational gas and electricity consumption data. A new statistical model based on census data was used to increase the spatial resolution. The energy demand was split into thermal energy (the heat energy required for space heating and hot water) and electricity used for purposes other than heating (nonheating electricity or NHE) and was determined separately for the domestic and nondomestic sectors. Scenario factors, representingthe fractional change at national level in the demand for heat and NHE, were derived from scenarios constructed by UKERC. These scenarios represent a range of pathways from the present day to 2050. The present work focused on the two cases of greatest relevance, the low carbon and additional policies scenarios, and factors for both were derived, for the demand types described, for every 5years between 2000 and 2050. Approximately, future spatial energy demands can be obtained by applying the scenario factors to the base mapping data for 2009.