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Retrofitting social housing in the UK: Home energy use and performance in a pre-Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP)

Elsharkawy, Heba; Rutherford, Peter

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Heba Elsharkawy



Abstract

Improving household energy efficiency is regarded as key to significantly curtailing domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Various policy instruments have been introduced to retrofit the existing domestic building stock in the UK; however, many fail to acknowledge the significant role that occupants’ lifestyle play in energy use. The research discusses the results of a survey questionnaire administered to the residents of one of the pilot CESP schemes in Aspley, Nottingham. Factors affecting domestic energy consumption are explored, some of which relate to the building design, while others are under the direct control of the occupants. Significant findings related to home performance, home energy use, and tenants’ lifestyle are investigated in the first phase of the research. The total number of responses to the survey represents 10% of around 900 properties eligible for the CESP scheme that have not been approached for the scheme uptake. It is evident from the survey results that the majority of the sample is aware of the basic energy-saving actions in everyday life but are not likely to take up the more difficult actions. In summary, retrofit programmes will reduce carbon emissions to some degree, whereas the bigger challenge is addressing habitual household energy consumption.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Journal Energy and Buildings
Print ISSN 0378-7788
Electronic ISSN 0378-7788
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 88
APA6 Citation Elsharkawy, H., & Rutherford, P. (2015). Retrofitting social housing in the UK: Home energy use and performance in a pre-Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). Energy and Buildings, 88, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.11.045
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.11.045
Keywords Home performance, Retrofit, Energy consumption, Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), Lifestyle, Behaviour
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378778814010019
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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