Style over substance: the homeowner's dilemma: spend on appearance, or energy reduction

Hubert, Jonathan and Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali ORCID: (2014) Style over substance: the homeowner's dilemma: spend on appearance, or energy reduction. In: 14th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2014), 16-18 Nov 2014, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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This paper focusses on older domestic dwellings, specifically 1930 to 1939, which have a particular style that contribute to a recognised 'look'. The cost of retaining this style to maintain value is prioritized over any other value-add option for the home, such as energy-saving components. These properties are sought-after for that style or look, and command a certain price as a result. The British treat their home as an investment vehicle, the potential of which will be realised at some future date. As a consequence, the value of the property must be maintained above all else, in terms of appearance as much as comfort. What incentives are needed to make energy investment in the home as valued as external appearance? Can existing perceptions be changed?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 9780992716110
Page Range: pp. 325-332
Keywords: Energy use; human comfort; period-home; maintenance, appearance
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Built environment
Construction and engineering > Civil and structural engineering
Depositing User: Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 09:24
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:05

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