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Identifying Factors for Enabling Residential Energy Efficiency in Guelph, Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Varghese, Jeji
dc.contributor.author Einmann, Trisha
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-09T13:09:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-09T13:09:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2019-05
dc.date.created 2019-04-09
dc.date.issued 2019-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16004
dc.description.abstract Increasing the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock is widely recognized as an important approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing sustainability. However, energy systems are complex, and involve a variety of ever-changing technologies, systems of provision, infrastructures, energy users and resources. This project uses social practice theory to identify the sociological barriers and opportunities to enabling residential energy efficiency in Guelph, Ontario. To achieve this goal, semi-structured interviews and surveys are used. The primary barriers and opportunities related to the facets of meanings, materials, and competences are identified, and recommendations for overcoming the key barriers are outlined. Moving towards a more sustainable future requires rethinking the use of traditional methods of analysis for studying residential energy efficiency, and substituting less effective units of analysis for more powerful ones; particularly social practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.title Identifying Factors for Enabling Residential Energy Efficiency in Guelph, Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Sociology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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