A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Updating the Path to a Carbon-Neutral Built Environment—What Should a Single Builder Do

Open Access publication

Publication Details
Authors: Vinokurov Mihail, Grönman Kaisa, Kosonen Antti, Luoranen Mika, Soukka Risto
Publisher: MDPI
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Buildings
Volume number: 8
Issue number: 8
ISSN: 2075-5309
eISSN: 2075-5309
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access publication


This paper proposes an extension for feasibility assessment of
residential energy (heat and electricity) supply solutions in an
operational environment undergoing major changes. In order to improve
the life cycle economy of the energy supply, the design has to
accommodate technological, economic, and regulatory changes in
operational environment over the long time. New elements must be
included in feasibility assessments of energy supply to ensure
consideration of future economic opportunities and risks. The extended
feasibility assessment brings up the profitability of “future proofed”
more sustainable solutions with lower risks related to utilization costs
and with improved resale value preservation. The findings of systematic
literature study were structured and clarified into a decision support
matrix to guide the assessment process. The procedure was verified by
identifying the optimal energy supply solution for a net-zero energy
single-family house in Southern Finland. The verification demonstrated
that the procedure provides new insights on the economy and the climate
implications of the energy solutions.

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