Explaining spatial variations in residential energy usage intensity in Chicago: The role of urban form and geomorphometry

Explaining spatial variations in residential energy usage intensity in Chicago: The role of urban form and geomorphometry

Abstract

Understanding the spatial pattern of energy consumption within buildings is essential to urban energy planning and management. This study explores the spatial complexity of residential energy usage intensity, with a focus on urban form and geomorphometry attributes. Using spatial regression models, we find that while vegetation and isolation have more local impact on energy intensity, urban porosity and roughness length have consistent spillover effects on building electricity usage intensity in Chicago. Additionally, these relationships are seasonally varied. The results highlight the importance of spatially explicit policies and clear urban design and form frameworks for improving urban energy efficiency.

Publication
Journal of Planning Education and Research
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