New development is expected to add 29,600 dwellings to the region’s stock by 2025 which could see domestic energy demand grow by up to 384 GWh (13%). A shift to the development of buildings that produce more energy than they consume is necessary if we are to tackle the expected increase in energy demand from this new development.
Positive energy buildings are technically feasible and with increased uptake are likely to become cheaper and more accessible the more. However, in order to do this we need to see transformation in construction methods, energy generation technologies and City energy markets. There is significant opportunity for Cities and governments to develop regulatory policies that drive uptake by increasing mandatory energy performance with incentives and voluntary measures.
Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with several of the other goals for Exeter. New developments that positively contribute to city energy use will mean that less onshore generation development and retrofitting of older building stock will be required.