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Reference Number ES/I006664/1
Title Evaluating the impacts, effectiveness and success of DECC-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC)
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 (Policy and regulation) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 75%;
Principal Investigator Prof R (Rajat ) Gupta
No email address given
Sch of the Built Environment
Oxford Brookes University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 January 2011
End Date 31 March 2015
Duration 51 months
Total Grant Value £1,144,510
Industrial Sectors
Region South East
Programme Ventures
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof R (Rajat ) Gupta , Sch of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Dr SJ (Sarah ) Darby , Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Prof NJ (Nick ) Eyre , Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr K Lucas , Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FI006664%2F1
Objectives
Abstract This three-year project brings together an interdisciplinary team of social science and building science-based researchers to assess and explain the changes in energy use due to community activities within six selected case study projects under the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Low Carbon Communities Challenge (LCCC) initiative.These low carbon community projects are evaluated in terms of their:
  • impacts (on changing individual and community energy behaviours)
  • effectiveness (on achieving real-savings in energy use and carbon emissions)
  • success (in bringing about sustained and systemic change).
  • Using a combination of 'community-led action research' and a programme of 'monitoring and evaluation' of the DECC-funded interventions. These two core elements are expressed through four inter-related work packages.While work package (WP) 1 focuses on action research with communities involving toolkit development and testing.WP2 is about measuring, monitoring and mapping the actual environmental performance of low carbon communities, using in-use monitoring equipment, post-occupancy evaluation techniques and a web-based monitoring tool.WP3a helps communities use their consumption and generation feedback to work towards low-carbon goals. It is linked with WP3b to facilitate sharing of results and reflection through social and community networks within and across communities. WP4 focuses on the exchange of knowledge between different communities.
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