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Process perspective on homeowner energy retrofits: A qualitative metasynthesis

Bobrova, Y; Papachristos, G; Cooper, A; (2022) Process perspective on homeowner energy retrofits: A qualitative metasynthesis. Energy Policy , 160 , Article 112669. 10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112669.

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Abstract

EU policy recognises the importance of encouraging low-carbon retrofit among homeowners to reduce operational energy use in dwellings and mitigate climate change. Building research and policy has traditionally focused on the identification of retrofit drivers and barriers, to strengthen the former and reduce the later. However valuable the static juxtaposition of drivers and barriers may be, it cannot capture their temporal dynamics during a retrofit process. Recent research emphasises repeatedly that retrofits should be understood as dynamic processes that unfold over extended periods of time. This paper presents a metasynthesis of qualitative case studies on energy retrofit in single-family owner-occupied dwellings. A process perspective is used to capture the dynamics between socio-technical aspects of the built environment that shape retrofit depth and energy use post-retrofit. Metasynthesis results show that: (i) pre-existing homeowner knowledge about energy retrofit plays a significant role on the depth of a technological solution achieved during the retrofit; (ii) the actual energy use post-retrofit depends on the extent of owners’ involvement in the development of their retrofit design solutions. These findings have important implications for EU energy policy uptake to support household transition to low-carbon living.

Type: Article
Title: Process perspective on homeowner energy retrofits: A qualitative metasynthesis
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112669
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112669
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Domestic retrofit, energy, process, socio-technical, qualitative metasynthesis, systematic review
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > STEaPP
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137602
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