Adapting owner-occupied dwellings in the UK: lessons for the future

Hipwood, Tara (2022) Adapting owner-occupied dwellings in the UK: lessons for the future. Buildings & Cities, 3 (1). pp. 297-315. ISSN 2632-6655

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With 80% of the 2050 housing stock already built, the UK has at least 19 million existing homes in need of low carbon retrofit. Practice–theory-based studies have argued that these retrofits must be understood in the context of wider home adaptations and routine practices of dwelling. Therefore, changes in practices caused by the Covid-19 pandemic create a gap in the knowledge regarding the impact on home adaptations and integration of low carbon retrofit. This research compares two stages of interviews: the first undertaken in 2015–16 (30 households), investigating home adaptations and the practices of dwelling they supported. The second stage undertaken in summer 2021 (nine re-interviewees) asking participants to reflect on how their practices of dwelling had changed and how their homes had accommodated this. Rigorous line-by-line coding of the relationships between attributes of the home and practices of dwelling allows comparison between stages, offering original practice–theory-based insights into the implications for home adaptations. The findings show that practices of homeworking in particular placed great spatial and environmental pressure on the homes of growing families. If continued, these practices would create increased demand for dedicated workspaces, and significant opportunities to integrate fabric improvements and low carbon technologies into these adaptations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Many thanks also to Cardiff University, which funded the first round of fieldwork.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation, Covid-19, energy efficiency, flexibility, homeworking, housing, owneroccupiers, retrofit, working from home, UK
Subjects: K200 Building
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2022 16:57
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2022 17:00

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