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Solar Collectors for Historic Homes: Linking consumption to perceptions of space
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy and Environmental Technology. (Solar Energy Research Center (SERC))
2013 (English)In: Making Sense of Consumption: Selections from the 2nd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research 2012 / [ed] Hansson, L., Holmberg, U., Brembeck, H., Göteborg: Centre for Consumer Science , 2013, 349-366 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Reduction of household energy consumption is one of the top issues in contemporary discussions on sustainable consumption. This chapter concerns one way through which consumption of purchased energy for house heating can be reduced; by having a solar thermal system added to one's house. However, the fact that one of the components - the solar collector - usually is situated on the roof or the facade of a building, is a recurrent impediment to such installations. In certain contexts, these attributes may melt into the building, while in others, they may be perceived as problematic. The latter may particularly be the case when the appearance of the building is of major imiportance, as with houses deemed worthy of preservation for coming generations. This chapter draws upon a study carried out in Visby Town, a walled Hanseatic town and a World Heritage site on the island of Gotland, Sweden.

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Göteborg: Centre for Consumer Science , 2013. 349-366 p.
Keyword [en]
energy consumption, space, solar collectors, heritage buildings, material culture
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Energi, skog och byggd miljö
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11391ISBN: 978-91-974642-6-0OAI: diva2:574310
2nd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research May 30 - June 1, 2012, Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2012-12-05 Created: 2012-12-05 Last updated: 2013-12-02Bibliographically approved

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