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Reference Number L320253223
Title Constructing regualtion and regulating for energy efficient construction
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 (Economics and Econometrics) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Principal Investigator Professor E (Elizabeth ) Shove
No email address given
Lancaster University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 February 1996
End Date 31 January 1998
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £94,684
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=L320253223
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Abstract AIMS: Environmental regulations do not simply reflect national commitments. In the construction industry, as elsewhere, enforcement depends upon technical consensus, commercial bargaining and negotiation between many different interests. This research examines the social, economic and political processes involved in constructing and implementing new standards of energy efficiency embodied in the1995 revisions to the Building Regulations. Drawing on the sociologies of science and environmentalpolicy in examining building research, the project offers a new perspective on the theory and practice of environmental regulation. STUDY DESIGN: The first step will be to review arguments and evidence drawn upon during the process of drafting the revisions. In-depth interviews will document the interests and influences of companies, professional bodies, trade associations and pressure groups. A second set of interviews will focus on implementation, examining the prespectives of building control officers and the responses of designers and other players. Meetings with those involved in regulation in other UK sectors and in the development of energy-related building control in Sweden, the Netherlands and France place this investigation in a wider national and international context. POTENTIAL USE: The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Department of the Environment. Analysis of the business- government interaction will inform policy debate about the possibilities ofenvironmental regulation and the assessment of alternative regulatory styles. The work will also be ofinterest to competing sectors within the construction industry and to environmental pressure groups. It promises to provide a picture of the social characteristics of regulation and its potential as an instrument of environmental change.

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