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Exploring the adoption of low carbon technologies by Scottish housing associations.

Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed; Moore, David; MacDonald, Seonidah

Authors

Mohamed Abdel-Wahab

David Moore

Seonidah MacDonald



Abstract

Housing associations (HAs) are responsible for building and managing approximately one-third of affordable homes in Scotland. The adoption of low carbon technologies (LCTs) by HAs presents an area that could potentially help towards reducing the carbon footprint of affordable housing and the fuel poverty of tenants. This research thus explores the issues pertaining to the adoption of LCTs from the perspective of two Scottish HAs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with selected members of the management team in both HAs. The empirical findings revealed that HA-related issues (such as organization culture, being a learning organization and training) and tenant-related issues (such as social cohesion, change in behaviour and training) can both impinge on the adoption of LCTs in HAs. It is contended that there is a piecemeal adoption of LCTs and if mass adoption is to be realized, this will require a nationwide programme that is aimed at supporting the adoption of LCT, in addition to building the skills capacity of the construction industry which is seemingly ill-prepared.

Citation

ABDEL-WAHAB, M., MOORE, D. and MCDONALD, S. 2011. Exploring the adoption of low carbon technologies by Scottish housing associations. International journal of low-carbon technologies [online], 6(4), pages 318-323. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijlct/ctr031

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 19, 2011
Online Publication Date Oct 18, 2011
Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Deposit Date Jan 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 21, 2015
Journal International journal of low-carbon technologies
Print ISSN 1748-1317
Electronic ISSN 1748-1325
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 4
Pages 318-323
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ijlct/ctr031
Keywords LCTs; Policy; Skills; Housing associations
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1124

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