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Bartiaux, F, Gram-Hanssen, K, Fonseca, P, Ozoli?a, L and Christensen, T H (2014) A practice–theory approach to homeowners' energy retrofits in four European areas. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 525-38.

Berry, S, Sharp, A, Hamilton, J and Killip, G (2014) Inspiring low-energy retrofits: the influence of ‘open home’ events. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 422-33.

Christensen, T H, Gram-Hanssen, K, de Best-Waldhober, M and Adjei, A (2014) Energy retrofits of Danish homes: is the Energy Performance Certificate useful?. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 489-500.

Fawcett, T and Killip, G (2014) Anatomy of low carbon retrofits: evidence from owner-occupied Superhomes. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 434-45.

Frimpong, S, Sunindijo, R Y, Wang, C C, Boadu, E F, Dansoh, A, Hon, C K H and Yiu, T W (2024) Promoting positive mental health among young construction workers: the role of theory. Construction Management and Economics, 42(04), 366–85.

Galvin, R (2014) Why German homeowners are reluctant to retrofit. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 398-408.

Gupta, R, Barnfield, L and Hipwood, T (2014) Impacts of community-led energy retrofitting of owner-occupied dwellings. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 446-61.

Haines, V and Mitchell, V (2014) A persona-based approach to domestic energy retrofit. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 462-76.

Hamerski, D C, Saurin, T A, Formoso, C T and Isatto, E L (2024) The contributions of the Last Planner System to resilient performance in construction projects. Construction Management and Economics, 42(04), 328–45.

Hickey, P J and Cui, Q (2024) Tracing the career trajectories of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) women leaders. Construction Management and Economics, 42(04), 289–306.

Horne, R, Maller, C and Dalton, T (2014) Low carbon, water-efficient house retrofits: an emergent niche?. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 539-48.

Ingle, A, Moezzi, M, Lutzenhiser, L and Diamond, R (2014) Better home energy audit modelling: incorporating inhabitant behaviours. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 409-21.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2014.890776
  • Abstract:
    Building energy modelling is often used in US home energy audits to assess a home's energy performance and to determine energy-efficiency retrofit recommendations. These models promise quantitative, engineering-based, defensible information on a home's energy retrofit opportunities. Modelling is based on assumed standard use behaviours, despite highly variable energy use practices. This research reports on tests that incorporate household behaviour in home energy audit modelling, based on a sample of single-family households that received a utility-sponsored home energy audit in Seattle, Washington, a US city with a cool temperate climate. The use of a compact set of self-reported behaviours in place of standardized behavioural assumptions improved the match between actual home energy consumption and model estimates, and shifted retrofit savings predictions. These were modest improvements over the initially poor match, but highlight the opportunity for better customizing home energy audit modelling by using simple information on household behaviours. A comparison of modelled savings of heating-related conservation actions shows that energy savings from moderate behavioural changes are on par with retrofits for many homes. These steps provide a gateway to modelling household behavioural changes alongside retrofits, and a means to bring behaviour into conversations with homeowners and into the technically oriented efficiency paradigm in general.

Judson, E P and Maller, C (2014) Housing renovations and energy efficiency: insights from homeowners’ practices. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 501-11.

Morland, K V and Breslin, D (2024) Resolving learning paradoxes within a UK new-build housebuilder. Construction Management and Economics, 42(04), 307–27.

Nyqvist, R, Peltokorpi, A and Seppänen, O (2024) Uncertainty network modeling method for construction risk management. Construction Management and Economics, 42(04), 346–65.

Vlasova, L and Gram-Hanssen, K (2014) Incorporating inhabitants’ everyday practices into domestic retrofits. Building Research & Information, 42(04), 512-24.