Posted: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 15:59
It was a real pleasure to attend, what I believe to be, the leading energy efficiency conference - the ECEEE. I was presenting the underpinning ideas and theory we're testing in our new EPSRC project, Gooddeeds. I've attached both a link to the presentation and also uploaded the paper so you can read our emerging thinking around how building users can be viewed as a vital 'resource' for energy management in buildings, rather than a hurdle to be overcome. Much research in this area in this field either seems to be employ highly technical solutions to reduce energy demand in buildings, or social scientists and environmental psychologist catfight about which is the best theory to change those annoying building users who just won't do what we tell them! Gooddeeds suggest that maybe there is a third way - that is, to explore genuine participation and collaboration between those who manage buildings and those who actually use them.