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Simulation-Based Analysis of Energy and Carbon Emissions in the Housing Sector

A System Dynamics Approach

Book

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 1-11
  3. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 13-49
  4. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 51-75
  5. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 77-95
  6. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 97-138
  7. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 139-188
  8. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 189-219
  9. Michael Gbolagade Oladokun, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa
    Pages 221-225
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 227-287

About this book

Introduction

This book describes the development of a system dynamics-based model that can capture the future trajectories of housing energy and carbon emissions. It approaches energy and carbon emissions in the housing sector as a complex socio-technical problem involving the analysis of intrinsic interrelationships among dwellings, occupants and the environment.
 
Based on an examination of the UK housing sector but with relevance worldwide, the book demonstrates how the systems dynamics simulation can be used as a learning laboratory regarding future trends in housing energy and carbon emissions. The authors employ a pragmatic research strategy, involving the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data to develop a model. The book enriches readers’ understanding of the complexity involved in housing energy and carbon emissions from a systems-thinking perspective. As such, it will be of interest to researchers in the fields of architectural engineering, housing studies and climate change, while also appealing to industry practitioners and policymakers specializing in housing energy.

Keywords

Energy Consumption Carbon Emissions UK Housing Sector System Dynamics Energy Demand Climate Change Housing energy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

About the authors

Dr Michael Oladokun is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Human Settlement and Construction Research Centre, Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and a senior lecturer at the Department of Building, University of Uyo, Nigeria. Dr Oladokun completed his PhD at the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design of the then School of the Built Environment (now the School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society), Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom in June 2014. His PhD focused on issues of energy consumption and carbon emissions in housing. Before this, Dr Oladokun had graduated with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Building from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2001 and completed his MSc degree in Construction Management from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2008. His research interests cover sustainability issues in the built environment, modelling complex systems, system dynamics applications to construction, and construction project management in general. Dr Oladokun’s research output has been published in high-impact academic/professional journals and refereed conference proceedings. His work on energy consumption in buildings received the 2016 Emerald Literati Award for the most outstanding paper in the International Journal of Energy Sector Management. He is a reviewer for a number of local and international journals such as Sustainable Cities and Society; Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management; Facilities; and Ecological Indicators, amongst others. He has also served on the scientific review committees for many local and international conferences. 


Professor Clinton O. Aigbavboa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Before entering academia, he was involved as quantity surveyor on several infrastructural projects, both in Nigeria and South Africa. He completed his Ph.D. in Engineering Management and has published several research papers in the area of housing, construction and engineering management, and research methodology for construction students. His research interest is situated in the fields of sustainable human development, with the focus on: sustainable housing regeneration (urban renewal and informal housing), Life Cycle Assessment in the Construction Industry, remanufacturing, leadership in low-income housing, Biomimicry, post-occupancy evaluation and green job creation. He has extensive knowledge in practice, research, training and teaching. He is currently the Vice Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and the Head: Sustainable Human Settlement and Construction Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also an author of two research books that were published with Springer Nature and CRC Press. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation (accredited by the DoHET) and has received national and international recognition in his field of research. The South Africa National Research Foundation rates him as a Young researcher with the potential of establishing himself within a five-year period.

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