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The application of renewable energy to social housing: A systematic review

McCabe, A, Pojani, D and Broese van Groenou, AJ 2018 , 'The application of renewable energy to social housing: A systematic review' , Energy Policy, vol. 14 , pp. 549-557 , doi:

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Low-income housing associations provide a unique opportunity for renewable energy installations, throughpotential scale of implementation sites, and in reducing social and financial costs to tenants. As an emergingfield, a systematic review format was chosen as a method of providing a ‘state-of-the-art’ analysis for practitionersand researchers in the field of renewable energy and social housing applications. While literature reviewsare common in analysis of energy applications across many fields, systematic reviews are much rarer. Becauseresearch/policy interest in the application of renewable energy technologies and social Šhousing appears to begrowing, this review aims to bring together the disparate literature already available. This review set out todetermine what are the common 1. Success Factors, 2. Barriers and 3. Motivations, evident in previous researchsurrounding the application of renewable energy technologies in social housing contexts? Common findings from67 research cases were synthesised under 3 a priori themes of Motivations, Barriers and Success Factors. Manyarticles revolved around the user interface and potential barriers to integration of technology, particularly whereuser engagement is not carried out sufficiently. It is suggested that this emphasis reflects a broader trend inapplying socio-technical approaches in the field of energy research.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McCabe, A and Pojani, D and Broese van Groenou, AJ
Keywords: social housing, public housing, renewable energy, user-behavior, socio-technical studies
Journal or Publication Title: Energy Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0301-4215
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