One day seminar addressing the social impacts of energy efficient buildings to ensure a more sustainable future.

Traditionally, policymakers and researchers have focused on the techno-economic approach in assessing the impacts of energy efficient buildings (EEB). However, with sustainable energy becoming a prominent topic in recent times, there has been a growing need to widen the scope to include both social and ethical factors. This seminar brings together insights from academia and industry to shed light on reasons why society should account for human experience, activity and social practices in influencing energy consumption, and how these understandings can help plan for a sustainable future.

In particular, the seminar will address:

  • How we can study relationships and gaps between the possibilities opened by automation for energy monitoring and demand reduction (such as smart appliances, internet-enabled consumer electronics and home control applications) and their adoption and use in practice.
  • What lessons we can draw from everyday practices regarding energy consumption, demand and the use of automated technologies.
  • Effective ways to create policies, technologies and measures to ensure sustainable forms of energy consumption and demand.

A team of experienced industrial and academic speakers will share their personal insights in examining energy consumption and demand in homes while working on several European and Australian projects. Their expertise covers a wide range of areas, including energy provision, smart and digital technologies, civil society platforms for sustainable energy, and energy efficiency building retrofits. The seminar will be concluded with a discussion session moderated by the Executive Director of RMIT Europe, Marta Fernandez. These outcomes will help contribute to articulating the research needs relating to the social impacts of energy efficiency and the role of automation.

Date: 28 Nov 2016
Time: 10:00 am-02:30 pm (CET)
Venue: RMIT Europe, Minerva 2, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
Cost: Free