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Judson, Ellis P. and Iyer-Raniga, Usha and Horne, Ralph (2014) Greening heritage housing: understanding homeowners’ renovation practices in Australia. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 29 (1). pp. 61-78.

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In the context of recent policy moves to reduce environmental impacts, it is argued that significant improvements are required to heritage housing stock. Existing housing stock is recognised in planning/legislation for some form of protection based upon its heritage significance. Although renovation of existing dwellings is the principal means promoted to reduce energy and associated environmental emissions, little attention has been given to how this is achieved in practice. This paper joins an emerging body of work that draws on social practice theory, as an alternative to rational and behaviourist perspectives, to investigate renovation practices in heritage housing. Based on analysis of interviews with homeowners, this paper discusses the common social understandings associated with heritage buildings, environmental sustainability, and comfort, and how these intersect in home-renovation. The study explores how households balance emerging needs for environmental sustainability with retaining heritage significance. Questions are raised as to the extent to which renovations can contribute to objectives for reducing energy use and emissions, and implications are drawn for future policy approaches regarding the attainment of more sustainable practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Renovation; social practice theory; heritage buildings; environmental sustainability; comfort; energy efficiency
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 09:32
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 09:29

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