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Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Behavioral Issues

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US National Research Council, Washington, DC, p.1-122 (1985)





The report deals with consumer choice and energy use in buildings. Previous reports of the committee have explored how knowledge from the behavioral and social sciences (in addition to economics) could illuminate energy policy issues; using the same approach, the report addresses four topics: (1) consumer adoption of energy-efficient retrofits of existing buildings, (2) consumer response to financial incentive programs for residential energy conservation, (3) the design of energy-efficiency rating systems for homes, and (4) the problems of explaining differences between predicted and achieved energy savings from home retrofits. The report provides a framework for identifying behavioral issues regarding energy efficiency in buildings and for choosing methods to analyze them.