Socio-cultural context and building energy efficiency

Author/s Jessica Balest, Natalia Magnani
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/124 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 83-99 File size 235 KB
DOI 10.3280/SUR2021-124005
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Social practices of energy savings and efficiency are favoured by some socio-cultural con-texts. This paper synthetizes the results deriving from 10 interviews out of 23 households liv-ing in a high energy efficient and new building (Bolzano - IT). The results define the socio-cultural context and the main elements that affect the change of social practices and energy be-haviours for ensuring a reduction of energy consumptions.

Keywords: Energy efficiency, energy, gender, living, social practice, socio-cultural context

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Jessica Balest, Natalia Magnani, Contesto socio-culturale ed efficienza energetica nell’abitazione in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 124/2021, pp 83-99, DOI: 10.3280/SUR2021-124005