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Evaluating the triple bottom line in the implementation of photovoltaic systems in UK social housing

Jackson, Craig S. and Wilkinson, Sara J. 2004, Evaluating the triple bottom line in the implementation of photovoltaic systems in UK social housing, in CIB 2004: Proceedings of the CIB Congress : International Council for Building Research, Studies and Documentation, Congress, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada, 2004, Ottawa, Canada.

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Title Evaluating the triple bottom line in the implementation of photovoltaic systems in UK social housing
Author(s) Jackson, Craig S.
Wilkinson, Sara J.
Conference name International Council for Building Research, Studies and Documentation. Congress (16th : 2004 : Toronto, Canada)
Conference location Toronto, Canada
Conference dates 2 - 7 May. 2004
Title of proceedings CIB 2004: Proceedings of the CIB Congress : International Council for Building Research, Studies and Documentation, Congress
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2004
Conference series International Council for Building Research, Studies and Documentation Congress
Total pages 40 p.
Publisher Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada, 2004
Place of publication Ottawa, Canada
Summary The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warnings regarding the detrimental effects of carbon dioxide emissions and global warming have gained acceptance amongst many governments (IPCC 2001). The UK government has agreed to reduce emissions, implement a package of enabling measures (UKCCP 2000) and issued an Energy White Paper (HMSO 2003) calling for a diversification of energy supply policies which will include renewable sources.

Housing accounts for approximately 25% of UK CO2 emissions and as providers of social housing, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and their tenants are major contributors. RSLs are deliverers of national policy in several areas and contribute to the attainment of governmental environmental, social and economic targets and impact upon the wider demands of housing policy, healthcare, education and law & order (DETR 1999, Cole and Shayer 1998).

Photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation could deliver “free” electricity to the low income households historically housed by RSLs. PV helps address such issues as fuel poverty and could be used as a stimulus for creating interest in areas of low demand for social housing.

RSLs provide housing solutions which cross traditional economic, social and environmental divides and this lends their modus operandi to the concept of the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line enables social and environmental aspects to be considered alongside economic considerations within decision-making frameworks (Elkington 1999, Andreason 1995).

Using a qualitative research methodology, this paper assesses current commercial viability of PV installations on RSL developments and identifies key barriers to implementation. The paper also investigates whether the application of the triple bottom line can liberate RSLs from viewing PV as a non-viable option by enabling a greater emphasis to be placed on the social & environmental aspects of PV. The paper considers whether a framework for RSLs to improve their decision-making processes by embracing social & environmental factors is feasible.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2004, National Research Council Canada
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022250

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