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Two degree rise in indoor temperature: energy use behaviour of British Asians

Basavapatna Kumaraswamy, Satish 2018. Two degree rise in indoor temperature: energy use behaviour of British Asians. Presented at: PLEA 2018: Smart and Healthy within the 2 degree Limit, Hong Kong, China, 10-12 December 2018. Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture; Dec 10-12, 2018. pp. 809-814.

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The understanding of households’ socio-economic characteristics and their behaviour has been acknowledged as a key factor while assessing the energy demands. There is considerable research in the area of building simulation and energy modelling; however, the representation of occupants and their behaviour needs further work. For instance, every degree rise in internal temperature settings will increase the household energy consumption by 10 %. This research investigates the energy use behaviour of a specific demographic and ethnic group, the British Asian households. A large-scale housing survey is used to gather self-reported information about the British Asian households’ energy use behaviour, for instance, heating patterns, appliances use, ventilation behaviour, as well as other socio-economic characteristics. Data collected will be transformed into energy models, which includes Space heating behaviour models, electrical appliances and lighting use models, and Ventilation behaviour models. The outcome of this research demonstrates how social perception and economic aspirations limit the acceptability of sustainable design and construction strategies. This research involves active community participation and engagement; a major part of the dissemination will aim at communicating the research findings to the British Asian households, which will have a direct impact of energy reduction by informed behaviour choice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 2018
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2023 14:45

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