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Barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency measures in Mostaganem, Algeria.

Seddiki, Mohammed; Bennadji, Amar; Tehami, Mohamed

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Mohammed Seddiki

Mohamed Tehami



Abstract

The residential sector of Algeria consumes 29% of the total energy consumption. In order to reduce and address this consumption along with the challenges of climate change, Algerian public policy considers energy efficiency investment measures (EEIMs) in the residential sector as a key factor. However, despite the recommendations and incitement measures from the government, the adoption of EEIMs among Algerian homeowners is too low. In 2018, EEIMs were implemented in 4000 houses, representing only 4% of the government's target - the implementation of EEIMs in 100,000 houses per year. This paper accordingly attempts to explore the barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency investment measures. To this effect, a questionnaire survey was used for the study with 150 randomly selected Algerian single-family homeowners in the Mostaganem area. It was found that the five greatest barriers to the adoption of EEIMs were: (1) the lack of subsidies and rebates on energy efficient equipment, (2) the high initial prices of energy efficient equipment, (3) the lack of techniques and tools for the estimation of saved energy, (4) the unwillingness to borrow money, (5) the difficulty of identifying, procuring, installing, operating, and maintaining energy efficiency measures. Principal component analysis (PCA) categorised sixteen barriers around four components: (1) 'Financial' barriers, (2) 'Technological' barriers, (3) 'Lack of time and knowledge' barriers, (4) 'Attitude towards energy efficiency improvements' barriers. Finally, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) has shown that the perception of barriers to the adoption of EEIMs also differs in accordance with certain personal characteristics of the homeowner.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of construction in developing countries
Print ISSN 1823-6499
Electronic ISSN 2180-4222
Publisher Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation SEDDIKI, M., BENNADJI, A. and TEHAMI, M. [2020]. Barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency measures in Mostaganem, Algeria. Journal of construction in developing countries [online], (forthcoming). Available from: http://web.usm.my/jcdc/...iew_MohammedSeddiki.pdf
Keywords Energy efficiency; Residential buildings; Renovations; Public policy; Energy policy; Algeria
Publisher URL http://web.usm.my/jcdc/earlyView/JCDC%20Early%20View_MohammedSeddiki.pdf

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