Coping with extremes, creating comfort: User experiences of 'low-energy' homes in Australia

Moore, T, Sherriff, G, Berry, S, Ambrose, A, Goodchild, B and Maye-Banbury, A 2019, 'Coping with extremes, creating comfort: User experiences of 'low-energy' homes in Australia', Energy research and social science, vol. 51, pp. 44-54.

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Title Coping with extremes, creating comfort: User experiences of 'low-energy' homes in Australia
Author(s) Moore, T
Sherriff, G
Berry, S
Ambrose, A
Goodchild, B
Maye-Banbury, A
Year 2019
Journal name Energy research and social science
Volume number 51
Start page 44
End page 54
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Low- and zero-energy homes are core elements in transitioning the housing stock towards a more environmentally sustainable model that responds to concerns about climate change and the need for energy demand reduction. Whilst there is a growing body of work on the technical performance of these homes, less attention has been paid to the experiences of users, particularly in cooling-dominated climates. Drawing on interviews that utilise an oral history approach with householders in Lochiel Park Green Village in South Australia, this research situates experiences and energy practices within individual housing histories in order to better understand the relationship between the occupant, the building and the resultant energy use. Within the context of debates around adaptive comfort practices this innovative method reveals that, despite the expectations of some residents, moving to a 'low-energy' home has reduced rather than eliminated their active involvement in maintaining a thermally comfortable environment.
Subject Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Adaptive comfort
Low-energy homes
Oral history
User experience
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.008
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