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Armitage, P, Godoy-Shimizu, D, Steemers, K and Chenvidyakarn, T (2015) Using Display Energy Certificates to quantify public sector office energy consumption. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 691-709.

Delghust, M, Roelens, W, Tanghe, T, De Weerdt, Y and Janssens, A (2015) Regulatory energy calculations versus real energy use in high-performance houses. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 675-90.

Fedoruk, L E, Cole, R J, Robinson, J B and Cayuela, A (2015) Learning from failure: Understanding the anticipated-achieved building energy performance gap. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 750-63.

Galvin, R (2015) Integrating the rebound effect: Accurate predictors for upgrading domestic heating. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 710-22.

Moore, S A, Gelfand, S and Whitsett, D (2015) Epistemological conflict: Modern and non-modern frameworks for sustainability. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 659-74.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: building regulations; buildings; codes; efficacy; efficiency; frame analysis; governance; modelling; standardization; standards
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2015.1016379
  • Abstract:

    A basic epistemological conflict is found to exist between modern and non-modern practitioners of sustainable development. These categories distinguish the ways professionals interpret or frame reality. The hypothesis developed is that this inconsistency, at least partially, explains the limited success that energy-efficiency research has realized in the prediction and control of climate change catalysed by the built environment. An analysis employs both historical and empirical methods to understand how the North American air-conditioning industry has framed, and subsequently regulated, the inseparable problems of human comfort and energy consumption. Historically, the dominant framework long-inhabited by moderns has constructed a unit-efficiency model of evaluation that is concerned with universal standardization and normal design. In the empirical analysis of the selected case, an emergent framework inhabited by non-moderns constructed a unit-efficacy model of evaluation concerned with local implementation and post-normal design. The two models came into conflict when designers applied code-required energy models and financing formulae based on unit-efficiency assumptions to a case of sustainable, affordable housing. The analysis concludes with seven findings designed to move building energy research and practice beyond the current epistemological divide.

Perez-Bella, J M, Dominguez-Hernandez, J, Cano-Suñen, E, Del Coz-Diaz, J J and Alvarez Rabanal, F P (2015) Improvement alternatives for determining the watertightness performance of building facades. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 723-36.

Sanchez-Guevara, C, Fernandez, A S and Aja, A H (2015) Income, energy expenditure and housing in Madrid: Retrofitting policy implications. Building Research & Information, 43(06), 737-49.