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Retrofitting social housing in the UK: home energy use and performance in a pre-community energy saving programme (CESP)

Elsharkawy, Heba and Rutherford, Peter 2015. Retrofitting social housing in the UK: home energy use and performance in a pre-community energy saving programme (CESP). Energy and Buildings 88 , pp. 25-33. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.11.045

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Improving household energy efficiency is regarded as key to significantly curtailing domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Various policy instruments have been introduced to retrofit the existing domestic building stock in the UK; however, many fail to acknowledge the significant role that occupants’ lifestyle play in energy use. The research discusses the results of a survey questionnaire administered to the residents of one of the pilot CESP schemes in Aspley, Nottingham. Factors affecting domestic energy consumption are explored, some of which relate to the building design, while others are under the direct control of the occupants. Significant findings related to home performance, home energy use, and tenants’ lifestyle are investigated in the first phase of the research. The total number of responses to the survey represents 10% of around 900 properties eligible for the CESP scheme that have not been approached for the scheme uptake. It is evident from the survey results that the majority of the sample is aware of the basic energy-saving actions in everyday life but are not likely to take up the more difficult actions. In summary, retrofit programmes will reduce carbon emissions to some degree, whereas the bigger challenge is addressing habitual household energy consumption.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Home performance; Retrofit; Energy consumption; Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP); Lifestyle; Behaviour
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-7788
Date of Acceptance: 19 November 2014
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 14:00

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