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Understanding the Mechanisms behind Fragmentation in the Housing Construction and Retrofit

Eker, S; Zimmermann, N; (2016) Understanding the Mechanisms behind Fragmentation in the Housing Construction and Retrofit. In: 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2016: Proceedings. System Dynamics Society: Albany, New York, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Housing and energy-efficiency policies often cause unintended consequences in the built-environment and beyond it, and encounter resistance by the potential users. Systems thinking and an integrated approach are suggested both for research and decision-making in order to avoid such unintended consequences and policy resistance. However, previous studies revealed that such an integrated decision making takes place neither at the policy nor at the industry level, and the resulting fragmented processes lead to performance gaps in the housing sector. This study investigates the mechanisms behind fragmentation based on a large set of stakeholder interviews conducted for the housing sector in the UK. For this purpose, the information obtained from these interviews is transformed into a system dynamics model. The model focuses on the improvement of housing performance by immediate actions such as resource allocation or by longer-term actions such as competence development both at the policy and industry level. Future research will focus on extending the model to the user level and elaborating it in participatory sessions.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Understanding the Mechanisms behind Fragmentation in the Housing Construction and Retrofit
Event: 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 17-21 July 2016, Delft, Netherlands
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Dates: 17 July 2016 - 21 July 2016
ISBN-13: 9781510830202
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2016/pro...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The authors. Published by System Dynamics Society. All rights reserved.
Keywords: housing, energy efficiency, system dynamics, fragmentation, policy resistance
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/1507956
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