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Housing renovation and energy systems: the need for social learning
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change.
2015 (English)In: Socio-technical perspectives on sustainable energy systems / [ed] Anshelm, J., Ellegård, K., Palm, J., Rohracher, H., Linköping: Linköping University , 2015, 15-46 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Installing new energy systems in housing is claimed to be a way to meet national and international goals for reducedgreenhouse gas emissions. A socio-technical approach, based on social learning theory, is used to examine the energysystems of a large Swedish housing project ten years after its renovation. A significant retrofitting measure was theintroduction of metering. Important lessons are identified regarding the relationships between tenants, professionalsand technical systems. The inappropriate assumptions underpinning the renovation about inhabitants’ capabilitiesand demographics meant that the dwellings were not optimally refurbished to meet user requirements, particularlywith regard to the choice of technologies and inhabitants’ interface with them. Many of the installations are hiddenfrom tenants and difficult for inhabitants to discover, explore and use. Occupants did not use the technologies (smartmeters, thermostats, etc.) as intended, which lowered performance and also increased occupants’ dissatisfaction. Thiswas also evident in the high levels of support needed by the inhabitants. Social learning processes are vital for thesuccess of demand reduction strategies. Any demand reduction approach must consider people by investing in thesocial processes and the required learning for interfacing with technology, not merely the ‘smart’ technology itself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University , 2015. 15-46 p.
, Linköping Studies in Technology and Social Change, 2
Keyword [en]
housing renovation, energy efficiency, socio-technical, learning, individual metering, smart technologies
Keyword [sv]
Bostadsrenoveringar, miljöaspekter
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117403ISBN: 9789175191041OAI: diva2:807714
The co-production of sustainable energy futures? - socio-technical regimes and worlds in the use and management of energy systems in buildings
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2015-04-24 Created: 2015-04-24 Last updated: 2015-06-05Bibliographically approved

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