Analysing the technical and behavioural shifts of social housing tenants following the retrofitting of external wall insulation

Lilley, Sara, Davison, Gill, Gledson, Barry and Alwan, Zaid (2016) Analysing the technical and behavioural shifts of social housing tenants following the retrofitting of external wall insulation. In: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society: Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS). Springer, London, pp. 341-353. ISBN 978-3-319-32646-7

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Environmental, economic and social issues present local housing associations with many challenges in terms of management of their existing housing stock. Multiple problems arise from poorly insulated properties, and the twin foci of this research regards the performance of residential external wall insulation (EWI), and identifying the additional benefits that EWI provides to social housing tenants, , which are uncovered through means of behavioural and technical monitoring. The research process generated two sets of data points per household relating to the start and the end of the study and comparative analysis techniques are used to identify changes in user behaviours. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected using survey methods that explored environmental knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and everyday behaviours with regard to energy consumption and use. Additional data capture involved temperature logging, meter reading, thermal imaging and the analysis of energy meter readings to monitor changes in usage in the pre and post stages of retrofitting EWI. The results of this study identify changes in the technical performance of the properties and benefits in the well-being and behaviour of the tenants.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The original 2015 SEEDS conference paper of the same name won Best Paper "Contribution to the Built Environment" and was subsequently included in this 2016 Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design ‘selected proceedings’ book.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Behaviour change, retrofit, sustainability
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K200 Building
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Barry Gledson
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 10:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 22:29

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