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Borg, N, Scott-Young, C M, Naderpajouh, N and Borg, J (2023) Surviving adversity: personal and career resilience in the AEC industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 361–78.

Eames, M, Dixon, T, May, T and Hunt, M (2013) City futures: exploring urban retrofit and sustainable transitions. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 504-16.

Jones, P, Lannon, S and Patterson, J (2013) Retrofitting existing housing: how far, how much?. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 532-50.

Mahasuar, K (2023) COVID-19 and its impact on Indian construction industry: an event study approach. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 428–44.

Sherratt, F and Dainty, A (2023) The power of a pandemic: how Covid-19 should transform UK construction worker health, safety and wellbeing. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 379–86.

Styhre, A and Brorström, S (2023) Syndicated leadership in urban development projects: the case of the River City Gothenburg project. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 387–401.

Tweed, C (2013) Socio-technical issues in dwelling retrofit. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 551-62.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2013.815047
  • Abstract:
    Although a wide range of technical solutions exist to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, these may not produce the predicted savings if occupants operate the refurbished dwelling in unexpected ways, resulting in a "performance gap". Retrofit can be approached as a set of socio-technical issues. Social practice theory is the dominant approach in socio-technical studies of energy in the home. However, other ways can investigate how people engage with and experience their home environments, including their interaction with energy technologies. This can extend the reach of socio-technical studies to encompass personal experience of reconfigured homes within the broader socio-cultural context. Methodologies from phenomenology and ecological psychology used in architecture and philosophy of technology - principally the concepts of "breakdown" and affordance - can examine occupants' experience of a retrofitted environment. An energy retrofit of an occupied dwelling is used to illustrate how such methods can provide insights into occupants' experience of and responses to refurbishment. It is suggested that householders' energy and comfort concerns emerge and recede alongside other concerns in both time and space as they adjust to their reconfigured home. Changing affordances after retrofit can influence how people use dwelling space in ways that have energy consumption consequences.

Uddin, S M J, Albert, A, Tamanna, M and Alsharef, A (2023) YouTube as a source of information: early coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 402–27.

Williams, K, Gupta, R, Hopkins, D, Gregg, M, Payne, C, Joynt, J L R, Smith, I and Bates-Brkljac, N (2013) Retrofitting England's suburbs to adapt to climate change. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 517-31.