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The application of renewable energy to social housing: A systematic review


McCabe, A and Pojani, D and Broese van Groenou, A, The application of renewable energy to social housing: A systematic review, Energy Policy, 14 pp. 549-557. ISSN 0301-4215 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Crown Copyright 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.12.031


Low-income housing associations provide a unique opportunity for renewable energy installations, through potential scale of implementation sites, and in reducing social and financial costs to tenants. As an emerging field, a systematic review format was chosen as a method of providing a ‘state-of-the-art’ analysis for practitioners and researchers in the field of renewable energy and social housing applications. While literature reviews are common in analysis of energy applications across many fields, systematic reviews are much rarer. Because research/policy interest in the application of renewable energy technologies and social Šhousing appears to be growing, this review aims to bring together the disparate literature already available. This review set out to determine what are the common 1. Success Factors, 2. Barriers and 3. Motivations, evident in previous research surrounding the application of renewable energy technologies in social housing contexts? Common findings from 67 research cases were synthesised under 3 a priori themes of Motivations, Barriers and Success Factors. Many articles revolved around the user interface and potential barriers to integration of technology, particularly where user engagement is not carried out sufficiently. It is suggested that this emphasis reflects a broader trend in applying socio-technical approaches in the field of energy research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social housing, public housing, renewable energy, user-behavior, socio-technical studies
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable energy activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable energy activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Broese van Groenou, A (Mr Anthony Broese van Groenou)
ID Code:124357
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-02-19
Last Modified:2019-09-10

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