HANRATTY, M., BHAMRA, T. and MITCHELL, V. 2012. Digital design for sustainable behaviour: a conceptual framework to guide design intervention. IN: HCI2012 People & Computers XXVI: Proceedings of HCI 2012: 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, 12th-14th September 2012, 4pp.
Domestic energy consumption is increasing in the UK’s housing stock in the face of government commitments to reduce CO2. Occupant behaviour has been targeted as a promising area in which to effect a reduction in consumption levels but has proved resilient to high level intervention approaches. This short paper explores the constituent elements of energy consuming behaviour and habits and puts forward a conceptual framework to guide future design intervention. Central to this is the implementation of Design for Sustainable Behaviour methodologies to change the nature of occupant-appliance interaction. The paper concludes with a discussion of the role of Digital Media as an agent for such behavioural change.