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The unintended consequences of decarbonising the built environment: A UK case study

Davies, M; Oreszczyn, T; (2012) The unintended consequences of decarbonising the built environment: A UK case study. Energy and Buildings , 46 80 - 85. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.10.043. Green open access

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Abstract

The case for taking action to tackle climate change is now persuasive. It is developed countries that must reduce GHG emissions most and this paper focuses on one such country – the UK. We address issues associated with the decarbonisation of the built environment and the housing stock in particular. We demonstrate the potential for significant unintended consequences and discuss the complexity involved in attempting to understand such processes. We argue the urgent need for the formation of multi- and inter-disciplinary teams with the diverse range of skill sets required to think together and to address these issues. Such teams must involve (at least) Building Physicists, Engineers, Economists, Epidemiologists, Statisticians, Behavioural Scientists, Complexity Scientists and Policy Makers. Without a coordinated and concerted programme of relevant research it is difficult to imagine how the necessary policy will be formulated and implemented effectively without the potential for enormous and irreversible mistakes.

Type: Article
Title: The unintended consequences of decarbonising the built environment: A UK case study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.10.043
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.10.043
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Decarbonisation, Climate change, UK, Built environment, Housing, Health, Indoor air quality, Fuel poverty, Unintended consequences
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1334714
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