The Gorilla in the Library: lessons in using ICT to engage building users in energy reduction

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2012-10

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the role of the digital economy as an enabler of behaviour change in the built environment. The Greenview research project at De Montfort University (DMU), funded by JISC’s Greening ICT fund , has undertaken innovative work to explore novel and interesting ways to engage building users in energy reduction. Findings are presented around both the methodological challenges of capturing and presenting live electrical data for iPhone applications and the wider opportunities and barriers to ICT enabled behaviour change. From a technical perspective Greenview has shown the need to conduct detailed and thorough technical work to ensure the visualisations correlate to actual building performance and from the behaviour change perspective both Greenview and its predecessor (DUALL ) have explored moving beyond quantitative approaches to presenting information on energy and sustainability that is fun, creative and [hopefully] engaging. Finally, it is clear that without senior commitment and sincere staff engagement and collaboration mere information provision in the form of dashboards are impotent.

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Digital economy, energy dashboards, behaviour change

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Bull et al, (2012) The Gorilla in the Library: lessons in using ICT to engage building users in energy reduction. Digital Economy 'All Hands' conference Oct 2012

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Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)