Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the energy consumption of university buildings
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Exceptional pandemic lockdown measures enabled singular experiments such as analysing the energy consumption of vacant buildings. This paper assesses the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the energy use of academic buildings. For this purpose, weather-adjusted energy use was compared before and during the lockdown, including different levels of lockdown restrictions. Results obtained for the 83 academic buildings of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech (UPC) reveal that the avoided energy consumption amounted to over 4.3 GWh during the post-pandemic year. However, the results indicate that academic buildings were still using approximately 46.9% of their typical energy consumption during strict lockdown. This revelation emphasizes the high environmental burden of buildings, regardless of whether they are occupied.
CitationGaspar, K. [et al.]. Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the energy consumption of university buildings. "Energy and buildings", 15 Febrer 2022, vol. 257, núm. Art 111783, p. 1-12.