Modelling retrofit changes to the housing stock: simulating decision making and capturing geographic variation

  • In order to meet ambitious carbon and energy reduction targets significant improvements need to be made to the efficiency of the existing dwelling stock. To aid policy in driving changes models are used to estimate uptake of energy saving retrofit measures. Changes to the dwelling stock will only occur when dwelling owners decide to install measures in the dwellings they own. Therefore models need to be able to simulate the decision making of dwelling owners and also represent the variations in the dwelling stock across a country or region. Such modelling will allow policy makers to target areas and types of dwelling and dwelling owner in order to efficiently drive uptake of energy saving technologies. Work is presented here on new techniques for both simulating decision making and modelling geographic variations in the housing stock.

 

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