Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Energy Demand Reduction and Sustainable Development

  • Cristian Guzmán Quaharre
  • Edgar Enrique Miranda Sandoval
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_127-1


Energy is an important element for development. The assumption that greater technological and economical advances of society cause increasingly greater amounts of energy consumption must be considered true as each day more devices – which are powered by electricity – become part of the basic needs of people and/or industries; this causes an increase in energy consumption. Where does the energy that power our basic and comfort needs come from? This question is recurrently posed to university professors, students, and administrative staff. The answers obtained most often lack solid arguments and evidence on the importance of promoting efficient and intelligent energy consumption in university buildings, in order to position themselves as an educational facility with awareness, responsible with its environment, and a leading example for the development of the country.

Executive Summary

Energy demand in buildings represents 30–40% of global energy consumption (Mehreen and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristian Guzmán Quaharre
    • 1
  • Edgar Enrique Miranda Sandoval
    • 1
  1. 1.IREGalileo UniversityGuatemalaGuatemala

Section editors and affiliations

  • Erin Hopkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA