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Reference Number L320253021
Title Putting science into practice saving energy in buildings
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 50%;
Principal Investigator Professor E (Elizabeth ) Shove
No email address given
Lancaster University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 October 1991
End Date 31 March 1994
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £68,476
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region North West
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor E (Elizabeth ) Shove , Sociology, Lancaster University (100.000%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=L320253021
Objectives Objectives not supplied
Abstract Application abstract: Knowledge of energy efficient building technology does not ensure its use and standards of energy efficiency appear to have more to do with organisational, financial and cultural constraints than with the knowledge or enthusiasm of individual designers. Better understanding of the social and economic processes influencing the practical application of energy-related expertisewould help to determine a socially appropriate direction for technical research. This project develops ways of assessing the social and cultural viability of methods for reducing consumption in buildings. The research involves a comparative review of past and present efforts to develop and disseminate knowledge of energy efficiency amongst building professional in Europe and America. Recent attempts to assess the impact and value of these promotional programmes will also be surveyed. Starting with this analysis of the generation and promotion of technical expertise, the research then explores the contexts in which such knowledge is, and is not, put into practice. This element of the work involves developing a method for identifying and evaluating the relative importance of different social, cultural, economic and organisational factors influencing the application of energy-related expertise and the adoption of energy saving technologies in building.
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Added to Database 02/11/09