go to top scroll for more


Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/F066554/1
Title Sustainable Living and the Older Community
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr Y Kaluarachchi
No email address given
Sch of Surveying
Kingston University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 26 January 2009
End Date 25 January 2010
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £98,079
Industrial Sectors Environment
Region South East
Programme Public Engagement
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr Y Kaluarachchi , Sch of Surveying, Kingston University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor K Jones , Sch of Archit and Construction, University of Greenwich (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Friends of the Elderly (0.000%)
Project Contact , Energy Saving Trust Ltd (The) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Age UK (0.000%)
Web Site
Abstract Climate change is the greatest long-term challenge facing the world today. It not only poses a threat to the UK's long term economic stability but also to the quality of life of its citizens. Whilst there are many initiatives in place to mitigate climate change and to adapt (both buildings and living practices) to the inevitable climate change resulting from past consumption of fossil fuels, it is generally accepted that real change will only come about if such initiatives are supported bya change in behaviour amongst UK households. Such changes would include a more positive attitude towards low carbon technologies (both at the micro and grid level) and a greater understanding of the potential problems that climate change could pose, especially to vulnerable groups. This proposal will seek to stimulate this change through focussed engagement with older UK community.The factors that influence the uptake of low (or zero) carbon micro-generation technologies are not primarily technological but behavioural. Studies into behaviour change, and in particular the factors that influence it, have identified the importance of social networks and community groupings as trusted advocates was identified as critical to successfully influencing peer behaviour. Further, work by the Energy Savings Trust has identified 10 community segments that respond differently to sustainability interventions. Amongst these segments are: 'the Discerning Elders' / professional couples onthe cusp of retirement who have limited financial commitments, are interested in environmental issues, and offer considerable opportunities for behaviour change; and the 'Restful Retired' / elderly couples and widow/widowers who could benefit financially from the savings that could accrue from energy efficiency measure.This project will work with those agencies trusted by the elderly (Age Concern, Heyday, Energy Saving Trust & Friends of the Elderly) to support behaviour change throughpublic engagement focussed on the older UK community. The engagement will be designed to stimulate interest in climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions and engage this community in a public debate over the best way forward for the UK
Publications (none)
Final Report (none)
Added to Database 27/03/08