Improving sustainability of residential homes: occupants motivation and behaviour

Patrick ZOU, Rebecca Yang

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    This paper aims to investigate residential occupants' motivations and behaviour on energy savings. Energy consumption in residential buildings is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Through statistical analysis of the data collected, this research found that construction cost and government incentive were considered as the major influencing factors on achieving energy-efficient residential building development, and the lower bills resulted from the reduced energy and water consumption were considered as the most important benefits. The research also found that many households exhibited a high level of awareness and had implemented some sustainability improvement measures. It is suggested, based on these research findings, that governments should articulate, by means of education, the rationale and benefits of sustainable home development that are identified in this research and reduce material costs and increase government incentives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)477-491
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Energy Sector Management
    Volume8
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Statistical methods
    Energy conservation
    Energy utilization
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    Residential buildings
    Energy consumption
    Statistical analysis
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    Construction costs
    Water consumption
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    In: International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2014, p. 477-491.

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