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The impact of subsidies on the prevalence of climate-sensitive residential buildings in Malaysia

Tan, David, Gong, Yi ORCID: and Siri, José 2017. The impact of subsidies on the prevalence of climate-sensitive residential buildings in Malaysia. Sustainability 9 (12) , 2300. 10.3390/su9122300

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Dependence on air-conditioning (AC) for residential cooling and ventilation is a health and sustainability challenge. In hot temperatures, climate-sensitive buildings (CSB) can complement and/or substitute for AC usage in achieving thermal comfort. Many countries facing such conditions—particularly in tropical climates—are developing quickly, with rising populations and income creating demand for new housing and AC. This presents a window for adoption of CSB but could also result in long term lock-in of AC-dependent buildings. Here, a simple system dynamics model is used to explore the potential and limitations of subsidies to affect futures of housing stock and night-time AC usage in Malaysia. The effectiveness of subsidies in achieving high uptake of CSB and resulting health benefits is highly dependent on homebuyer willingness to pay (WTP). A detailed understanding of WTP in the Malaysian context and factors that can shift WTP is necessary to determine if CSB subsidies can be a good policy mechanism for achieving CSB uptake.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 December 2017
Date of Acceptance: 10 December 2017
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 09:01

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