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    Digital Design for Sustainable Behaviour: A conceptual framework to guide design intervention

    HCI2012 - People & Computers XXVI

    Proceedings of HCI 2012
    The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction

    Birmingham, UK, 12 - 14 September 2012


    Marcus Hanratty, Tracy Bhamra & Val Mitchell


    Domestic energy consumption is increasing in the UK’s housing stock in the face of government commitments to reduce CO2. Occupant behaviour has been targeted as a promising area in which to effect a reduction in consumption levels but has proved resilient to high level intervention approaches. This short paper explores the constituent elements of energy consuming behaviour and habits and puts forward a conceptual framework to guide future design intervention. Central to this is the implementation of Design for Sustainable Behaviour methodologies to change the nature of occupant-appliance interaction. The paper concludes with a discussion of the role of Digital Media as an agent for such behavioural change.


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