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Boyd, P and Schweber, L (2018) Unintended consequences: institutional artefacts, closure mechanisms and the performance gap. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 10–22.

Darby, S J (2018) Smart technology in the home: time for more clarity. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 140–7.

Frances, Z and Stevenson, F (2018) Domestic photovoltaic systems: the governance of occupant use. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 23–41.

Gram-Hanssen, K and Georg, S (2018) Energy performance gaps: promises, people, practices. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 1–9.

Hansen, A R, Gram-Hanssen, K and Knudsen, H N (2018) How building design and technologies influence heat-related habits. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 83–98.

Hargreaves, T, Wilson, C and Hauxwell-Baldwin, R (2018) Learning to live in a smart home. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 127–39.

Madsen, L V (2018) Materialities shape practices and notions of comfort in everyday life. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 71–82.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: domestic heating; energy consumption; everyday life; homeowners; housing; inhabitant behaviour; occupants; social practices; space heating; thermal comfort; users;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1326230
  • Abstract:
    The development of residential energy technologies aims to ensure thermal comfort in an increasingly energy-efficient manner. This development influences everyday practices related to comfort in everyday life in dwellings. Therefore, an empirical analysis of interviews with residents in three types of Danish detached houses, related to the building age, is used to understand how changes in technologies influence residents’ practices and notions of comfort. Detached houses are the most widespread type of housing in Denmark, constituting 44% of the housing stock. The analysis focuses on differences in heating systems between the housing types and shows how changes in technologies and material structures shape the practices of heating and airing. A shift in technology from radiators to underfloor heating was found to make a clear difference in both how houses are heated and thermal comfort is perceived. It is found that changes in material structures of houses consequently change residents’ perceptions of comfort and the related everyday practices. A more nuanced set of notions of comfort is developed in relation to different practices, and specifically the relation between airing and heating practices, as well as the context of seasons and the outdoors.

Palm, J, Ellegård, K and Hellgren, M (2018) A cluster analysis of energy-consuming activities in everyday life. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 99–113.

Sunikka-Blank, M, Galvin, R and Behar, C (2018) Harnessing social class, taste and gender for more effective policies. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 114–26.

van den Brom, P, Meijer, A and Visscher, H (2018) Performance gaps in energy consumption: household groups and building characteristics. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 54–70.

Wade, F, Murtagh, N and Hitchings, R (2018) Managing professional jurisdiction and domestic energy use. Building Research & Information, 46(01), 42–53.