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Exploring the health and energy savings dilemma in swimming facilities and the potential influence of Positive Energy Districts
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8704-8538
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
2023 (English)In: Journal of Physics, Conference Series, ISSN 1742-6588, E-ISSN 1742-6596, Vol. 2654, no 1, article id 012132Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Positive energy districts (PED) are neighborhoods with a net positive energy balance with the main goal to create sustainable districts that contribute to the energy transition. The three pillars energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy flexibility forms the foundation of PEDs, and ‘Quality of life’ is one of the key principles.

Indoor swimming facilities for recreation and sports, also called aquatic centers or swimming halls, are important for healthy lifestyles. They are highly energy-demanding facilities due to the large volumes and strict heating- and ventilation requirements to ensure the health of staff, visitors, and bathers. The large energy consumption indicates good potential to reduce their energy use. One possibility might be to include aquatic centersin PEDs: the district could support the facility with locally produced renewable energy. There are also studies that investigates innovative solutions regarding aquatic centers that might have potential to increase resilience and flexibility in the district.

However, one important aspect in studies on energy use in aquatic centers that is often neglected is the presence of disinfection by-products (DBP), which are found in the air and water of chlorinated swimming pools. Several DBPs can lead to health issues, such as asthma, eye irritation, and even cancer. There are often conflicting goals in studies on swimming halls. The connection between DBP and energy is currently missing, and it could lead to projects compromising health over energy savings. Based on a literature review, this study highlights the research gap between DBPs and energy use in swimming facilities. A suggestion is also presented to integrate swimming halls into PEDs with the aim of increasing possibilities for a healthy lifestyle, supporting the aquatic center’s energy demand with renewable energy, and exploring new solutions for flexibility and resilience in the district

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Institute of Physics (IOP), 2023. Vol. 2654, no 1, article id 012132
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Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-210371DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/2654/1/012132Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85181174332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-210371DiVA, id: diva2:1771770
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13th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2023, Aalborg, Denmark, June 12-14, 2023
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RESILIENT Energisystem Kompetenscentrum
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Swedish Energy AgencyAvailable from: 2023-06-21 Created: 2023-06-21 Last updated: 2024-01-25Bibliographically approved

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