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Borgeson, S and Brager, G (2011) Comfort standards and variations in exceedance for mixed-mode buildings. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 33.

Cândido, C, Lamberts, R, de Dear, R, Bittencourt, L and de Vecchi, R (2011) Towards a Brazilian standard for naturally ventilated buildings: guidelines for thermal and air movement acceptability. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 145–53.

de Dear, R (2011) Revisiting an old hypothesis of human thermal perception: alliesthesia. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 108–17.

Guo, K, Zhang, L and Wang, T (2021) Concession period optimisation in complex projects under uncertainty: a public–private partnership perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 156–72.

Le, P L, Jarroudi, I, Dao, T and Chaabane, A (2021) Integrated construction supply chain: an optimal decision-making model with third-party logistics partnership. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 133–55.

Moezzi, M and Goins, J (2011) Text mining for occupant perspectives on the physical workplace. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 169–82.

Scharpff, J, Schraven, D, Volker, L, Spaan, M T J and de Weerdt, M M (2021) Can multiple contractors self-regulate their joint service delivery? A serious gaming experiment on road maintenance planning. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 99–116.

Strengers, Y and Maller, C (2011) Integrating health, housing and energy policies: social practices of cooling. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 154–68.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: adaptive behaviour; air-conditioning; cooling practices; energy consumption; heatwave; inhabitant behaviour; peak electricity demand; public health; thermal comfort
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2011.562720
  • Abstract:
    Health, housing, and energy policies to address hot weather and heatwaves are typically based on divided ‘technical’ and ‘behavioural’ strategies and tend to be developed in isolation. This approach results in conflicting outcomes both within and across public policies, potentially leaving households more vulnerable to heat. The cooling practices of Australian householders are analysed using social practice theory to highlight inherent contradictions and tensions in current policies. A range of successful adaptive strategies is identified in participants of a dynamic peak pricing electricity programme or residents of an eco-living development without air-conditioning. The findings demonstrate how householders' ability to respond to heat is shaped by the elements of cooling practices, including common understandings about air-conditioners, practical knowledge and available housing infrastructures. There is a critical need to move towards a coordinated, multi-pronged and flexible public policy response framed around the dynamic cooling practices of households. This requires policies that prioritize and support adaptive cooling infrastructures, and that recognize, support and share householders' existing adaptive capacity to respond to heat.

Wang, R, Lu, W and Wei, Y (2021) Owners’ use of contract-based power in construction project transactions: restrictions from process specificity and uncertainty. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 117–32.

Zhang, H, Arens, E and Pasut, W (2011) Air temperature thresholds for indoor comfort and perceived air quality. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 134–44.

Zhang, J and Yuan, X (2021) Stochastic modelling of maintenance flexibility in Value for Money assessment of PPP road projects. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 173–91.