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Small firms’ potential contribution to sustainable construction

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Sir Frank Gibb Building, Loughborough University

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Visiting Academic Research Seminar by Dr Alice Owen Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds.

Using data drawn from firms and individuals working on renovation and energy retrofit, Alice has been investigating motivations and behaviours of the smallest firms who make up a major element of the construction industry. Alice’s research aims to uncover hidden socio-technical aspects of retrofit projects. Her UKERC-funded work focusses on the institutional context and patterns of decision-making among construction firms in the domestic Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) market. These firms, along with their supply chains and training bodies, are uniquely placed to reach and influence retrofit projects at scale. Energy consumption is not only a function of building physics and technology adoption, but also of user behaviour and patterns of occupancy. These are traditionally viewed as separate issues, but firms providing renovation services can influence both: they physically alter buildings and deal with people. By mapping the ways in which RMI performance is influenced, we can identify policies and interventions which could transform the sector and its value chain.

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Sir Frank Gibb Building, Loughborough University

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