This report provides a summary of the research activities in the research project RP3028: A Virtual Market for Analysing the Uptake of Energy Efficiency Measures in Residential and Commercial Sectors.
To enable the development of policy programs to increase adoption of energy-efficient products, there is a need to develop a knowledge base from which it is possible to understand the likely success of policy interventions.
The required knowledge will be based on a combination of data and observations from which to develop either a mental or a computational model. These models, in turn, will guide the policy design, implementation and evaluation process.
The effort to increase energy efficiency in the residential sector, depends to a large extent on the consumer behaviour of residents, and in this report, we provide a summary of the complexities of consumer choice. These aspects of consumer choice have been embedded into an Agent-Based Model of household energy efficiency adoption, and this model is described in this report.
Keywords: Energy efficiency; Agent-Based Modelling; Solar Hot Water; Consumer choice
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Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living 2018
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
When South Eastern Australia was in severe drought at the beginning of the century, a whole array of efforts went into addressing the water shortage. Councils introduced, and then increased, water restrictions. Government handed out low-flow showerheads and shower timers,...Read more
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This study evaluates the technological, economic, environmental, regulatory and social feasibility of adopting algae building technology in Sydney NSW Australia as a source of renewable energy. Interview with 23 stakeholders in the built environment illustrate the drivers and challenges associated with such technology.
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