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Why active buildings? Realising the potentials of energy networked homes: a social scientific perspective

O'Sullivan, Kate, Shirani, Fiona, Pidgeon, Nicholas ORCID: and Henwood, Karen ORCID: 2022. Why active buildings? Realising the potentials of energy networked homes: a social scientific perspective. Vahidinasab, V and Mohammadi-Ivatloo, B, eds. Active Building Energy Systems Operation and Control, Springer, pp. 25-49. (10.1007/978-3-030-79742-3)
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As significant contributors to global emissions, energy and buildings sectors must decarbonise. Active Buildings present a contemporary conceptualisation for addressing environmental policy, technical and societal problems, incorporating low-carbon building fabric design, renewable energy production and energy storage capacity with intelligent digitalisation. Underrepresented in some existing concepts is an understanding of the diverse and valued roles that buildings play in society, how this influences the varying subjective and powerful values and meanings attached to them and consequently the everyday energy practices carried out within them. Adopting a social science lens, this chapter outlines key conceptualisations that are important in a contemporary understanding of Active Buildings as homes. We consider the dynamic role Active Homes are playing in some new build schemes that represent the foreseeable future of energy infrastructure. We argue that understanding the interplay between people, homes and energy is essential to Active Buildings fulfilling their many requirements.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030797423
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 February 2023
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 12:45

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