Emergent practices of an environmental standard

Shaw, I. and Ozaki, R. 2016. Emergent practices of an environmental standard. Science, Technology, and Human Values. 41 (2), pp. 219-242. doi:10.1177/0162243915589765

TitleEmergent practices of an environmental standard
AuthorsShaw, I. and Ozaki, R.
Abstract

Recent climate change statistics attribute over a quarter of carbon emissions to residential energy use in the United Kingdom. To address this, a building standard (Code for Sustainable Homes) was introduced to aim to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption. This paper analyzes how such an environmental standard reconfigures the sociotechnological relations and practices of housing professionals that design, construct, and manage social housing. We focus on how actors engage with the standard’s recommendation for incorporating low and zero carbon technologies into new buildings. We identify diverse practices that emerge from these engagements, which, we contend, have significant consequences for the working relationships of professional actors and for renewable energy provision. By being entwined in, and generative of actors’ practices, we argue that the Code becomes part of the sociotechnological relationships and infrastructures that shape energy provision.

JournalScience, Technology, and Human Values
Journal citation41 (2), pp. 219-242
ISSN0162-2439
Year2016
PublisherSage
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0162243915589765
Publication dates
Published in print01 Mar 2016
Published online03 Jul 2015
Published03 Jul 2015

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