A study of energy-related occupancy activities in a sample of monitored domestic buildings in the UK

Cui, J.M., 2014. A study of energy-related occupancy activities in a sample of monitored domestic buildings in the UK. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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Domestic energy use is determined by multiple non-technological factors, such as the occupants’ lifestyle and activities, which can even offset the effect from energy-efficiency technologies. Acquiring the actual occupancy data relating to energy use in a uniform format to generate comparable and representative information is challenging. Projects that seek to address this issue, such as the Retrofit for the Future and Building Performance Evaluation programmes of the Technology Strategy Board in the UK, usually require major investment. Long-term monitoring and longitudinal observation are two major features in these major investment projects. The former approach refers to the frequent measurement of indoor / outdoor environments and energy use conducted over at least two heating seasons, in line with the whole-house carbon and energy monitoring protocol of the Energy Saving Trust (2011). The latter approach, longitudinal observation, refers to observations conducted on the same group of individuals over an extended study period of years or decades to examine changes over time (Bryman, 2012). The majority of existing households and associated stakeholders that could potentially benefit from the investigation of energy-related occupancy activities cannot feasibly be involved in projects requiring major investment.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Cui, J.M.
Date: 2014
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Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:34
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/112

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