CRESR Seminar: At home in the eco-home – understanding residents’ experiences of living in a low energy home

Start date: 
Wed, 11/12/2013
Closing date: 
Wed, 11/12/2013
Stodart 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Aimée Ambrose, Barry Goodchild and Fin O’Flaherty - Sheffield Hallam University


Ambitious carbon reduction targets that require  the carbon footprint of our buildings to be almost zero by 2050 (DECC 2011, 30) and soaring energy prices mean that radical changes in the way our homes look and function cannot be avoided. But how much do we know about what it’s actually like to live in a low energy home? What are the day to day benefits and challenges? And what can we learn from the occupants of existing low energy homes about how to design them more effectively in the future? These and other questions have been considered as part of a research project delivered by CRESR between 2011 and 2012 which involved working with the occupants of low energy homes to understand what it’s like to be at home in the eco-home.   The project involved the production of three short films about life inside eco-homes and offer a valuable means of helping designers and developers think from the users' point of view. The research also makes a contribution to how the home might be conceptualised in relation to patterns of consumption and use.


Aimee Ambrose- is a qualitative research expert who seeks to understand energy consumption in the context of our everyday lives

Professor Barry Goodchild - is a housing, planning and urban policy expert who is interested in the development of cities and low energy housing

Dr. Fin O'Flaherty -  is an engineer specialising in testing the efficacy of low energy technologies and the performance of low energy buildings.

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