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Retrofitting homes for energy efficiency: an integrated approach to innovation in the low carbon overhaul of social housing

Crilly, Michael; Lemon, Mark; Wright, Andrew J.; Cook, Matthew B. and Shaw, David (2012). Retrofitting homes for energy efficiency: an integrated approach to innovation in the low carbon overhaul of social housing. Energy and Environment, 23(6-7) pp. 1027–1056.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1260/0958-305X.23.6-7.1027
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Abstract

Ambitiously, the UK aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Since the use of housing accounts for about 27 per cent of UK CO2, and most new-build adds to the number of homes rather than substituting for them, housing's biggest contribution to better energy use and lower carbon emissions in the UK will come from retrofitting the country's existing stock. Moreover retrofitting particularly matters to registered providers of social housing, who seek guidance about the energy efficiency of their properties. This paper argues that an exclusive focus on just one of the technical, economic or social aspects of retrofit is inadequate. Using both theory and case-based experience, it discusses a number of ways, both technical and qualitative, of best measuring what retrofitting can do. It concludes that an integrated, comprehensive understanding of the retrofit process is essential to the making of informed decisions on the energy efficiency of homes, particularly at the scales required.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Not known
ISSN: 0958-305X
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 35998
Depositing User: Matthew Cook
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2013 08:57
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 17:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/35998
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