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Embodied Energy in Buildings

It’s been a while since you’ve heard anything from us at Energy Literacy, but rest assured, our minds are still on energy issues.  Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about methodologies for doing reasonably accurate whole-picture energy audits using limited data (Think Saul’s energy project, but for any scale).  Working with something as complex as the total set of energy flows through the city of San Francisco, for example, we’re bound to rack up all kinds of uncertainty in our estimates.  We’re convinced, however, that these calculations are still helpful, even if only to determine the relative orders of magnitude of sources of energy consumption.  Just these ballpark estimates can have a remarkable effect on policy conversations, directing focus towards the lowest-hanging fruit and dispelling arguments that have little long-term relevancy.

In that vein, today we talk about the embodied energy of buildings, a topic which is understood [...]

nationmaster.com energy database


This site seems to have good statistics, good basic graphing functionality, and listed sources, quite comprehensive.

I was surprised that China produced almost 1/2 of the world’s coal in 2005:



United Nations Energy Statistics Database

The Energy Statistics Database contains comprehensive energy statistics on the production, trade, conversion and final consumption of primary and secondary; conventional and non-conventional; and new and renewable sources of energy. The Energy Statistics dataset, covering the period from 1990 on, is available at UNdata. For data prior to 1990, please refer to http://unstats.un.org/unsd/energy/edbase.htm.


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