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Article: Beyond the technical: A snapshot of energy and buildings research

TitleBeyond the technical: A snapshot of energy and buildings research
Authors
KeywordsConstruction Research
Energy
Interpretivist Methodology
Literature Review
Low-Carbon Buildings
Public Policy
Sustainable Building
Issue Date2012
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09613218.html
Citation
Building Research And Information, 2012, v. 40 n. 4, p. 481-492 How to Cite?
AbstractThe past decade has witnessed a sharp increase in published research on energy and buildings. This paper takes stock of work in this area, with a particular focus on construction research and the analysis of non-technical dimensions. While there is widespread recognition of the importance of non-technical dimensions, research tends to be limited to individualistic studies of occupants and occupant behaviour. In contrast, publications in the mainstream social science literature display a broader range of interests, including policy developments, structural constraints on the diffusion and use of new technologies, and the construction process itself. The growing interest of more generalist scholars in energy and buildings provides an opportunity for construction research to engage a wider audience. This would enrich the current research agenda, helping to address unanswered problems concerning the relatively weak impact of policy mechanisms and new technologies and the seeming recalcitrance of occupants. It would also help to promote the academic status of construction research as a field. This, in turn, depends on greater engagement with interpretivist types of analysis and theory-building, thereby challenging deeply ingrained views on the nature and role of academic research in construction. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/168790
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.196
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.433
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dc.contributor.authorLeiringer, Ren_US
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dc.description.abstractThe past decade has witnessed a sharp increase in published research on energy and buildings. This paper takes stock of work in this area, with a particular focus on construction research and the analysis of non-technical dimensions. While there is widespread recognition of the importance of non-technical dimensions, research tends to be limited to individualistic studies of occupants and occupant behaviour. In contrast, publications in the mainstream social science literature display a broader range of interests, including policy developments, structural constraints on the diffusion and use of new technologies, and the construction process itself. The growing interest of more generalist scholars in energy and buildings provides an opportunity for construction research to engage a wider audience. This would enrich the current research agenda, helping to address unanswered problems concerning the relatively weak impact of policy mechanisms and new technologies and the seeming recalcitrance of occupants. It would also help to promote the academic status of construction research as a field. This, in turn, depends on greater engagement with interpretivist types of analysis and theory-building, thereby challenging deeply ingrained views on the nature and role of academic research in construction. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09613218.htmlen_US
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dc.rightsThis is a pre-print version of the article: Schweber, L. and Leiringer, R. (2012) Beyond the technical: a snapshot of energy and buildings research. Building Research and Information, 40 (4). pp. 481-492. ISSN 0961-3218. DOI:10.1080/09613218.2012.675713. The article is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rbri20/40/4#.U3sylIGSwXs-
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dc.subjectConstruction Researchen_US
dc.subjectEnergyen_US
dc.subjectInterpretivist Methodologyen_US
dc.subjectLiterature Reviewen_US
dc.subjectLow-Carbon Buildingsen_US
dc.subjectPublic Policyen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Buildingen_US
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