Spatial planning as a driver of change in mobility and residential energy consumption

Sébastien Dujardin, Anne-Françoise Marique, Jacques Teller

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This paper analyses the impact of territorial structures upon energy consumption in the Walloon Region (Belgium). The rationale for this research is to consider the long-term influence of spatial planning decisions upon energy consumption in both residential building stock and home-to-work commuting. The analysis has been conducted on a regional scale (16,844 km2) and includes urban, peri-urban and rural settlements. Those settlements that perform well in mobility also appear to perform well in terms of building energy consumption. Even though this is not generally the case, it further reveals that some rural settlements characterized by low density show good performance in terms of energy efficiency. This permits a much more progressive approach in terms of spatial planning, whereby compact cities may be viewed as part of the solution, albeit not the whole solution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779 - 785
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Early online date28 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Spatial planning
  • Energy consumption
  • Building stock
  • Mobility


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