I was asked to update teaching material for a course on energy and buildings here at NTNU. The audience is mostly engineers and architects and I tried to summarize what I have learned during the previous ten or so years about what social sciences and humanities can contribute to this topic. Here it comes: To understand what people do to buildings, what buildings do to people, and what these interactions have to do with building energy use, we have to set aside common generalizations and misconceptions about what “people” do and want. In this chapter we will look at research that puts “people” at the center of attention, observes and analyzes their decisions, behaviors and practices in order to make sure that buildings realize their technical energy performance potential – or maybe even exceed it.
SOURCE: Thomas Berker. “Social sciences and humanities and energy efficient building use.” Thomas Berker, June 23, 2019.
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