Retrofitting social housing in the UK: Home energy use and performance in a pre-Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP)

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Elsharkawy, H. and Rutherford, Peter 2014. Retrofitting social housing in the UK: Home energy use and performance in a pre-Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). Energy and Buildings. 88 (Feb.), pp. 25-33.
AuthorsElsharkawy, H. and Rutherford, Peter
Abstract

Improving household energy efficiency is regarded as key to significantly curtailing domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Various policy instruments have been introduced to retrofit the existing domestic building stock in the UK; however, many fail to acknowledge the significant role that occupants’ lifestyle play in energy use. The research discusses the results of a survey questionnaire administered to the residents of one of the pilot CESP schemes in Aspley, Nottingham. Factors affecting domestic energy consumption are explored, some of which relate to the building design, while others are under the direct control of the occupants. Significant findings related to home performance, home energy use, and tenants’ lifestyle are investigated in the first phase of the research. The total number of responses to the survey represents 10% of around 900 properties eligible for the CESP scheme that have not been approached for the scheme uptake. It is evident from the survey results that the majority of the sample is aware of the basic energy-saving actions in everyday life but are not likely to take up the more difficult actions. In summary, retrofit programmes will reduce carbon emissions to some degree, whereas the bigger challenge is addressing habitual household energy consumption.

KeywordsHome performance; Retrofit; Energy consumption; Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP); Lifestyle; Behaviour
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Journal citation88 (Feb.), pp. 25-33
ISSN0378-7788
1872-6178
Year2014
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.11.045
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.11.045
Publication dates
Print27 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Jul 2017
Accepted19 Nov 2014
Copyright information© 2014 Elsevier
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