Unlocking the Potential - Low-Energy Dwelling with Heat Pump: Investigating their multiple benefits, and how to increase adoption rates

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Abstract

This paper is novel in that it is a first attempt to analyse the direct and indirect costs and benefits of constructing a 3-bed social house dwelling to low-energy standards in Northern Ireland. It uses data on direct construction and energy costs and augments this with estimates for some of the indirect benefits for three potential low energy upgrade for the real scheme of new dwellings. While estimation of Indirect Benefits is by it’s nature imprecise, the analysis provides fresh insights and indicates that a financial argument exists for constructing to low-energy standards at both societal and individual levels. However the analysis also demonstrates that the decision-maker is dis-incentivised, leading to poor adoption rates for the low energy, carbon efficient dwellings. This has potential policy implications for UK social housing given the conflict with the UK’s stated decarbonising objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA2020
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020
EventPassive Low Energy Architecture 2020: Planning Post Carbon Cities - University of A Coruña, A Coruna, Spain
Duration: 1 Sep 20203 Sep 2020
http://www.plea2020.org

Conference

ConferencePassive Low Energy Architecture 2020
Abbreviated titlePLEA2020
CountrySpain
CityA Coruna
Period1/09/203/09/20
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Keywords

  • Passive House
  • Low Energy Dwelling
  • Social House
  • Financial Analysis
  • Multiple Benefits

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