Energy feedback focused journal Special Issue by TEDDINET and its projects!

On 5th February 2018 a Special Issue of the journal Building Research & Information (BRI) was published on the theme of ‘Feedback in energy demand reduction’. The Special Issue was guest-edited by Kathryn Buchanan (formerly of the DANCER project) and Sam Staddon (formerly TEDDINET coordinator) and brought together seven papers from a range of research projects within/across TEDDINET and beyond. Between them, the papers provide the latest empirical insights and detail the current conceptual and normative challenges within the field of energy feedback. The Special Issue was the latest output from the TEDDINET 1st ever Energy-Feedback Symposium at the University of Edinburgh, back in July 2016.

The papers contained within the Special Issue contribute to researchers', practitioners' and policymakers' understanding across a wide range of facets of energy feedback (a list of the papers contained is given below). The content collectively provides coverage of domestic and non-domestic environments, controlled laboratory experiments and interventions in ‘the field’, individual and collective understanding and actions, theories especially from psychology and sociology, and attention not only to energy practices but also to energy policy. These papers reflect the diversity of ways in which energy feedback is conceptualised, considered, and studied across the social sciences, but the papers also aim to speak to those beyond their own disciplines, including computer scientists, building engineers and other fields. The papers signal key design principles for wider application (both of forms of energy feedback and methods to deliver this) and ask questions around the direction of energy feedback more broadly (for example the links between policy and practice, and what it might look like to go ‘beyond’ energy feedback, as currently conceptualised).

Readers of this Special Issue are encouraged to look widely through the papers, sticking not necessarily to the papers that they would normally read but to peruse others that they would not. The novelty of the contributions here depends on where one is starting from, and by reading widely, one is likely to encounter and generate fresh views, knowledge and ideas. Several contributions promote the need for more reflexivity amongst not only policy-makers but also energy researchers (see also Staddon 2017, Energy Research and Social Sciences, 31, 158-163). It is hoped that this special issue represents an opportunity and vehicle for that reflection and learning.

A full list of the articles in the Special Issue can be found here, under 'Promoting Academic Excellence' on the TEDDINET website.

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