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The meanings of practices for energy consumption – a comparison of homes and workplaces
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TEVS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7694-7397
Oxford University, UK. (Environmental Change Institute)
2014 (English)In: Science and Technology Studies, ISSN 2243-4690, Vol. 27, no 2, 72-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine how building and appliance technologies relate to their use by occupants through practices at home and at work. The aim is to analyse how practices are influenced by buildings and other technologies, and by social requirements, and to add to ongoing research on how to contribute to a transition to more sustainable everyday practices. Interview, quantitative and observational material is used to compare experiences of occupying and using two different types of building, passive housing and large modern research buildings, by applying practice theory. The passive house case showed that the main project of a liveable, low-impact new building was on a fairly manageable scale, given a suitable design and occupants who were prepared to adapt to it. The research lab study showed however the configuration to unsustainable technologies and practices that can occur at the design stage, and how most actors then had very limited room for manoeuvre.

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Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies , 2014. Vol. 27, no 2, 72-92 p.
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Practice theory, low-energy building, tenants
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109406OAI: diva2:738063
Available from: 2014-08-15 Created: 2014-08-15 Last updated: 2014-09-19

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