Thesis Title [working title]: Aspirational influences on homeowner adoption of energy efficiency and micro-generation measures
Primary Supervisor: Dr Andrea Collins
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Andrew Kythreotis
Reviewer: Dr Richard Cowell
Starting Date: January 2014
Completion Date: December 2016
Funding Source: Cardiff School of Planning and Geography Studentship
- BSc (hons) General Architectural Studies (RIBA Part I), University of Bath, 2007
- Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part II), Oxford Brookes University, 2010
- MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design, Oxford Brookes University, 2011
- Professional Examination in Management, Practise and Law (RIBA Part III), Oxford Brookes University, 2012
- Chartered Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Student Member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)
- Systemic domestic retrofit
- Homeowner motivation and agency
- Domestic energy consumption
- Energy efficiency and Micro-generation technologies
Decarbonisation of the UK housing stock is a complex issue spanning multiple disciplines and including a wide range of actors and stakeholders. Whilst changes to building regulations have sought to improve the energy efficiency of new-build houses, the approach adopted towards the existing housing stock has indicated a preference for increased consumer awareness and choice. Despite this market led approach, the discourse around energy in homes remains largely functional and has failed to engage with the implicit values and aspirations individuals hold for their homes.
More specifically, by engaging with homeowner motivations and aspirations the thesis aims to identify new opportunities and challenges for the adoption of energy efficiency and micro-generation technologies. In addition, the research looks to identify the potential impact this approach could have in the current context of a market led approach to domestic retrofit and the potential implications of this approach on the wider systemic reduction of CO2 emissions from the housing sector.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
Gupta, R, Barnfield, L and Hipwood, T. (2014). Impacts of community-led energy retrofitting of owner-occupied dwellings. Building Research and Information. Vol. 42 (4). (Click here to view).
Hipwood, T and Sassi, P. (2014). Development of a decision-making framework for the analysis of incentive schemes within the context of sustainable buildings. World Sustainable Building 2014. Barcelona 28th - 30th October 2014.