Materialities shape practices and notions of comfort in everyday life

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Abstract

The development of residential energy technologies aims to ensure thermal comfort in an increasingly energy-efficient manner. This development influences everyday practices related to comfort in everyday life in dwellings. Therefore, an empirical analysis of interviews with residents in three types of Danish detached houses, related to the building age, is used to understand how changes in technologies influence residents’ practices and notions of comfort. Detached houses are the most widespread type of housing in Denmark, constituting 44% of the housing stock. The analysis focuses on differences in heating systems between the housing types and shows how changes in technologies and material structures shape the practices of heating and airing. A shift in technology from radiators to underfloor heating was found to make a clear difference in both how houses are heated and thermal comfort is perceived. It is found that changes in material structures of houses consequently change residents’ perceptions of comfort and the related everyday practices. A more nuanced set of notions of comfort is developed in relation to different practices, and specifically the relation between airing and heating practices, as well as the context of seasons and the outdoors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBuilding Research and Information
Volume46
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
ISSN0961-3218
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • domestic heating
  • energy consumption
  • everyday life
  • homeowners
  • housing
  • inhabitant behaviour
  • occupants
  • social practices
  • space heating
  • thermal comfort
  • users

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