Attitudes and behaviours of private sector landlords towards the energy efficiency of tenanted homes

Hope, Alex and Booth, Alex (2014) Attitudes and behaviours of private sector landlords towards the energy efficiency of tenanted homes. Energy Policy, 75. pp. 369-378. ISSN 0301-4215

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.09.018

Abstract

The UK’s housing stock generates approximately 27 per cent of the country's total annual carbon emissions. In light of the legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions, new housing is subject to a tightening of regulations governing energy demand and efficiency resulting in a gradual improvement in carbon emissions. The question is how to achieve the deep carbon emission reductions from existing domestic properties, of which 75 per cent will still be in use in 2050. Government has sought to provide incentives to homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their households, and mandate improvements in socially rented housing using a range of fiscal measures, most recently the ‘Green Deal’. There has however been little consideration of the 18 per cent of UK households who privately rent their home, a tenure that is growing fast. The aim of this research is to investigate the factors that influence private sector landlords when considering energy efficiency improvements to their tenanted homes. The results indicate that Government policy has consistently failed to engage private sector landlords in the issue of energy efficiency and thus measures must be taken to understand the motivations of landlords in order to design effective incentives and interventions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available online: 16 October 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy efficiency, energy policy, green deal, housing, rented sector
Subjects: K200 Building
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L700 Human and Social Geography
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Alex Hope
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2014 09:29
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 03:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18283

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