Disaggregation of Household Energy Consumption Patterns in Australia

Patrick Xiao Wei Zou, Rebecca Yang

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Improving energy efficiency is an important target to be achieved in residential building development and household behaviour. The aim of this research is to help building professionals and policy makers understand the current housing situations and householders’ behaviour regarding energy consumption. The results of a survey of energy consumption, including house situations and householder behaviour, of 504 households in New South Wales Australia are reported. Twelve features affecting household energy consumption are investigated. These features included cooking appliances, refrigerators, laundry appliances, televisions, computers, gaming consoles, hot water systems, space cooling and heating systems, glazing, insulation, lighting, and other major energy consumption facilities. The differences of these features across different households with different physical characteristics, social-demographic features and geographical areas are analyzed. Based on the disaggregate study, it is found that mandatory policy, geographical and socio-economic factors can significantly affect the selection of fixtures and appliances in the households. It is also found that the positive effect of the government’s mandatory policy implementation on household energy consumption behaviour is evidenced. The findings will be of use in sustainable residential building development policy-making, and tailoring the regulations and standards with consideration of the various geographical and socio-economic factors
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate
EditorsJiayuan Wang, Zhikun Ding, Liang Zou, Jian Zuo
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783642355486
ISBN (Print)9783642355479
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event17th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate - Shenzen, China
Duration: 17 Nov 201218 Nov 2012


Conference17th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate


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