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Participatory Policy Development with Agent-Based Modelling: Overcoming the Building Energy-Efficiency Gap

  • Eva HalwachsEmail author
  • Anne von Streit
  • Christof Knoeri
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Abstract

To support the energy transition, making buildings, and in particular residential buildings, more energy-efficient is a central issue. To develop effective policies for achieving an increase of the renovation rate, regional and communal initiatives and policy structures play an important role. Decisions regarding energy-efficient renovations are characterized by the local interaction of homeowners, construction experts and regulators with the physical properties of the building stock. Agent-based modelling is an ideal tool, to display such complex interplay of socio-technical systems and the interacting actors. Regional-specific models can therefore support regional decision-makers in the policy development process. This paper describes (i) how agent-based modelling can contribute to a common system understanding by simulating different pathways of the regional building stock and its future energy demand and (ii) how social simulation can support policy actors in the development of regional policies concerning buildings’ energy efficiency.

Keywords

Participation Policy Building stock model Energy efficiency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Halwachs
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne von Streit
    • 1
  • Christof Knoeri
    • 2
  1. 1.Human-Environment Relations, Department of GeographyLudwig Maximilian University of MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Group for Sustainability and Technology, Department of ManagementTechnology and Economics, ETH ZurichZürichSwitzerland

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