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Ibe presentation sept 2011

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Ibe presentation sept 2011

  1. 1. Engaging building users in energy reduction: the challenge of behaviour changeDr Richard BullInstitute of Energy & Sustainable Development<br />
  2. 2. De Monfort University<br />World-class university situated in Leicester, with more than 18,000 students and 3,000 staff, five faculties offering around 400 courses and an annual turnover in the region: £132.5 million<br />Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development<br />Leading research institute conducting innovative and groundbreaking research into renewable energy, sustainable development and public engagement. Also run 3 MSc courses.<br />
  3. 3. Three challenges<br />The visibility of energy<br />Whose behaviour are we trying to change?<br />The challenge of public engagement in the workplace<br />
  4. 4. The visibility of energy<br />
  5. 5. By its nature, ‘energy’ is an abstract and invisible force that is conceptualised or commonly defined in a number of different ways, for example as a commodity, as a social necessity, as an ecological resource, or as a strategic material.*<br />*Burgess & Nye (2008), Re-materialising energy use through transparent monitoring systems, Energy Policy<br />
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  7. 7. (2)Whose behaviour are we trying to change?<br />
  8. 8. Cyber Display<br />Energy Cities represents more than 1000 local authorities from 30 countries, mainly municipalities<br />The Display Campaign is a voluntary scheme municipalities can adopt to demonstrate a commitment to reducing energy consumption of public buildings.<br />A key part of the rationale for developing the energy display label was to motivate decision makers towards a common approach for European certification for energy performance of non-residential buildings, and engage municipal energy managers and the general public around the subject of energy and buildings. <br />As a project partner, DMU was responsible for evaluating the success of the campaign<br />
  9. 9. Display communication activities<br />Education/Training programmes<br />Communication Activities<br />Internal Communication<br />Local Energy CYBER Display Days<br />Schools Programme<br />Local Press Articles and Media Relations;<br />Local Communication Materials<br />Staff Training Workshops<br />
  10. 10. Improving building performance<br />The overall trend is of this set of buildings<br />moving ‘Towards Class A.’ By this we mean there<br /> is, overall, a increase in higher rating certificates<br />(A C) and a decrease in ratings G-D.<br />
  11. 11. Findings from Display®<br />Display® lead to demonstrable increases in building performance and energy awareness. But . . . <br />There is no one single measure or ‘quick-fix’ for moving buildings ‘Towards Class A’. <br />The importance and success of Display® is in recognizing that the poster is merely a beginning of the journey ‘Towards Class A’.<br />Buildings in Display® that improve . . . <br />Invest in multiple refurbishments especially lighting controls and boiler replacement and avoid using air conditioning; <br />Invest in new types of building controls especially heating controls; <br />Have a full time energy manager and voluntary environmental champion;<br />Organized local media campaigns and used creative promotional materials;<br />Attended local and national networking events such as 'national users club event'<br />
  12. 12. A technical improvement is the result of someone’s behaviour being changed, be it the facilities manager, finance director, energy manager or mayor.<br />
  13. 13. The challenge of public engagement in the workplace<br /> the aim? To understand the role of ICT in reducing energy consumption of a large scale public building through the design of an ICT interface connecting building users to their electricity consumption.<br />DUALL<br />
  14. 14. Beyond information provision<br /><ul><li>There is a need for a different approach recognising the complexity of user perceptions and understandings (Niemeyer, Petts et al. 2005);
  15. 15. Combining a bottom-up and top-down approach in order to minimise mixed messages (Owens 2000);
  16. 16. The value of public engagement (Burgess and Clark 2009; Ockwell, Whitmarsh et al. 2009).
  17. 17. The importance of context. </li></li></ul><li>
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  19. 19. Conclusions/recommendations<br /><ul><li>Complex issues exist around behaviour change in the workplace, not least – where does responsibility lie for energy reduction & whose behaviour are we trying to change.
  20. 20. There is a need for more creative and less ‘quantitative’ visualisation tools
  21. 21. Significant energy reductions can be made through simple measures (consumption in unoccupied hours is a substantial problem)
  22. 22. Public engagement in the workplace must be ‘fit for purpose’</li></li></ul><li>Thank you for listening.<br />Dr Richard Bull<br />rbull@dmu.ac.uk<br />greenview.dmu.ac.uk<br />Twitter: richbull or greenviewdmu<br />

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