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Title: Does the age of the residents influence occupant heating practice in UK domestic buildings?
Authors: Kane, Tom
Firth, Steven K.
Allinson, David
Irvine, Katherine
Lomas, Kevin J.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: East Midlands Universities Association
Citation: KANE, T. ... et al, 2010. Does the age of the residents influence occupant heating practice in UK domestic buildings? East Midlands Universities Association 2010 Conference - Perspectives in Society: Health, Culture and the Environment, 8pp.
Abstract: The UK Government is committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. To meet this target significant reductions in energy consumption are required from the UK housing stock. Space heating is the most significant end use of energy in residential buildings. Behaviour that relates to the direct interaction of residents with heating systems is termed occupant heating practice (OHP). More empirical evidence is required to determine if OHPs relate to socio-demographic and economic status of households. Improved knowledge of OHP will aid policy makers in successfully targeting energy efficiency measures. To build the evidence base for OHP, a large-scale city-wide housing survey was carried out in Leicester, UK in 2009-2010. Internal temperature measurements and details about household composition were collected in over 300 dwellings. These data are used to explore the links between OHP and the age of occupants. Results of the initial analysis suggest that older occupants demand higher living room temperatures but may heat a lower proportion of their dwelling. 36% of dwellings were observed to have lower than average temperatures. Continued analysis is required to find out if energy efficiency measures could improve the thermal comfort of occupants or if low temperatures are a result of short daily heating periods. A more detailed monitoring study is required to investigate the variation in internal temperatures throughout dwellings and to gain further insight into OHP.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Sponsor: 4M is a consortium of five UK universities, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under the Sustainable Urban Environments programme (grant reference EP/F007604/1). The university partners are assisted by an advisory panel drawn from UK central and local government, and UK and overseas industry and academia. For further information please see www.4Mfootprint.org.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12400
Publisher Link: http://mmmm.lboro.ac.uk/doc/EMUA%20conference%20paper.pdf
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