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Owners perception on the adoption of building envelope energy efficiency measures in Swedish detached houses

Abstract

The paper focuses on Swedish homeowners' need for and perceptions about adopting building envelop energy efficiency measures. The paper is based on a questionnaire survey of 3059 homeowners (response rate of 36%) selected by stratified random sampling during the summer of 2008. The results showed that 70-90% of the respondents had no intention of adopting such a measure over the next 10 years. The main reasons for non-adoption were that homeowners were satisfied with the physical condition, thermal performance, and aesthetics of their existing building envelope components. A greater proportion of respondents perceived that improved attic insulation has more advantages than energy efficient windows and improved wall insulation, but windows were more likely to be installed than improved attic insulation. Respondents gave high priority to economic factors in deciding on an energy efficiency measure. Interpersonal sources, construction companies, installers, and energy advisers were important sources of information for homeowners as they planned to adopt building envelope energy efficiency measures. Policy measures to facilitate the rate of adoption of energy efficient building envelope measures are discussed.
Authors:
Nair, Gireesh; [1]  Gustavsson, Leif; [1]  Mahapatra, Krushna [1] 
  1. Ecotechnology, Mid Sweden University, SE-83125 Ostersund (Sweden)
Publication Date:
Jul 15, 2010
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Energy; Journal Volume: 87; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; AESTHETICS; ATTICS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY POLICY; HOUSES; RANDOMNESS; ROOFS; SAMPLING; SWEDEN; WALLS
OSTI ID:
22159011
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0306-2619; CODEN: APENDX; Other: PII: S0306-2619(10)00035-8; TRN: GB10R4205113443
Availability:
Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.02.004
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 2411-2419
Announcement Date:
Nov 28, 2013

Citation Formats

Nair, Gireesh, Gustavsson, Leif, and Mahapatra, Krushna. Owners perception on the adoption of building envelope energy efficiency measures in Swedish detached houses. United Kingdom: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.1016/J.APENERGY.2010.02.004.
Nair, Gireesh, Gustavsson, Leif, & Mahapatra, Krushna. Owners perception on the adoption of building envelope energy efficiency measures in Swedish detached houses. United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/J.APENERGY.2010.02.004.
Nair, Gireesh, Gustavsson, Leif, and Mahapatra, Krushna. 2010. "Owners perception on the adoption of building envelope energy efficiency measures in Swedish detached houses." United Kingdom. doi:10.1016/J.APENERGY.2010.02.004. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1016/J.APENERGY.2010.02.004.
@misc{etde_22159011,
title = {Owners perception on the adoption of building envelope energy efficiency measures in Swedish detached houses}
author = {Nair, Gireesh, Gustavsson, Leif, and Mahapatra, Krushna}
abstractNote = {The paper focuses on Swedish homeowners' need for and perceptions about adopting building envelop energy efficiency measures. The paper is based on a questionnaire survey of 3059 homeowners (response rate of 36%) selected by stratified random sampling during the summer of 2008. The results showed that 70-90% of the respondents had no intention of adopting such a measure over the next 10 years. The main reasons for non-adoption were that homeowners were satisfied with the physical condition, thermal performance, and aesthetics of their existing building envelope components. A greater proportion of respondents perceived that improved attic insulation has more advantages than energy efficient windows and improved wall insulation, but windows were more likely to be installed than improved attic insulation. Respondents gave high priority to economic factors in deciding on an energy efficiency measure. Interpersonal sources, construction companies, installers, and energy advisers were important sources of information for homeowners as they planned to adopt building envelope energy efficiency measures. Policy measures to facilitate the rate of adoption of energy efficient building envelope measures are discussed.}
doi = {10.1016/J.APENERGY.2010.02.004}
journal = {Applied Energy}
issue = {7}
volume = {87}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {2010}
month = {Jul}
}