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An investigation into factors influencing domestic energy consumption in an energy subsidized developing economy

Aldossary, Naief, Rezgui, Yacine and Kwan, Alan Shu Khen 2015. An investigation into factors influencing domestic energy consumption in an energy subsidized developing economy. Habitat International 47 , pp. 41-51. 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.01.002

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Abstract

The paper focuses on public perception of sustainable homes in a developing economy, namely Saudi Arabia, known for its high energy consumption and CO2 emission rates. The research explores (i) public perception and knowledge of sustainable and/or low energy homes, (ii) domestic stock typology (including architectural style), (iii) energy consumption patterns, (iv) levels of satisfaction with energy (i.e. HVAC) systems, (v) cultural barriers that prevent the delivery of low energy homes, and (vi) people's acceptance of energy retrofitting and/or sustainable homes. For this purpose, a comprehensive survey (n = 622) was conducted across the country. The findings reveal limited public awareness as well as important socio-cultural barriers to the delivery of sustainable homes, and large scale energy retrofitting of the existing domestic stock.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy consumption; Low carbon homes; Public perceptions and socio-cultural blockers
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0197-3975
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 04:58
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/69980

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