Low-carbon, water-efficient house renovations: an emergent niche?

Horne, R, Maller, C and Dalton, T 2014, 'Low-carbon, water-efficient house renovations: an emergent niche?', Building Research and Information, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 539-548.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Low-carbon, water-efficient house renovations: an emergent niche?
Author(s) Horne, R
Maller, C
Dalton, T
Year 2014
Journal name Building Research and Information
Volume number 42
Issue number 4
Start page 539
End page 548
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Rising carbon and water footprints of housing present a significant policy challenge across the Westernized world, and this has led to a growing range of government policies and programmes designed to promote greater residential energy and water efficiency. An analysis of low carbon/energy renovations is presented based on interviews with homeowner renovators and project managers in Australia. The renovators included self-declared green renovators and other, more typical general renovators. The project managers included a range of builders, designers, coordinators and retrofitters who provided specialized low carbon/water renovation services. Using the idea of niches and multilayer perspective (MLP), the analysis reveals both the limits to government initiatives promoting low carbon/water renovations and the importance of aspirations and relations in the low carbon/water housing renovation niche. The use of deep enquiry using semi-structured interviews reveals a detailed picture of these relations that cross the supply and demand sides of housing renovation. These relations reveal interdependence and tensions that profoundly shape low carbon/water renovations. Such relations should be explicitly accounted for in the design of government programmes and regulations.
Subject Urban Design
Environmental Sociology
Research, Science and Technology Policy
Keyword(s) Energy efficiency
Low carbon
Water conservation
Water energy nexus
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09613218.2014.896173
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
ISSN 0961-3218
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