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Emergent practices of an environmental standard

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Title: Emergent practices of an environmental standard
Authors: Shaw, ICM
Ozaki, R
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Recent climate change statistics attribute over a quarter of carbon emissions to residential energy use in the UK. To address this, a building standard (Code for Sustainable Homes) was introduced to aim to reduce levels of carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption. This paper analyses how such an environmental standard reconfigures the socio-technological relations and practices of housing professionals that design, construct, and manage social housing. We focus on how actors engage with the standard’s recommendation for incorporating low and zero carbon technologies into new buildings. We identify diverse practices that emerge from these engagements, which, we contend, have significant consequences for the working relationships of professional actors, and for renewable energy provision. By being entwined in, and generative of actors’ practices, we argue that the Code becomes part of the socio-technological relationships and infrastructures that shape energy provision.
Date of Acceptance: 12-May-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/25991
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243915589765
ISSN: 0162-2439
Publisher: Sage Publications
Journal / Book Title: Science, Technology and Human Values
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2015. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published online in Science, Technology, & Human Vales, July 2015 by Sage Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. It is available at: http://online.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/07/09/0162243915589765
Publication Status: Accepted
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School