Energy, Society and Place Research Unit

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

Energy, Practices and Housing Coffee Clubs

INvesTigating REsidential and business energy consumption via student-led ACTion research (INTREACT) – funded by the Higher Education Academy


1. Built forms of Birmingham: Neighbourhood trajectories and residential environment legacies

Dr Peter Lee, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), University of Birmingham

3rd May 2012, 2-4 PM

In this session, Peter Lee will discuss housing and neighbourhood trajectories in Birmingham and how they shape different energy and environmental outcomes. Using archive footage of planned changes to the city in 1956 and examining policy interventions since then, Peter will consider the implications of the path dependency of built form, housing and neighbourhoods for energy-related renewal and regeneration.

2. Household energy behaviours and practices

Dr Rosie Day, Lecturer in Environment and Society, GEES, University of Birmingham

11th May 2012, 2-4 PM

This workshop will focus on the household and on the factors that shape household energy consumption. Through discussion, interactive and reflective work, we will consider the services households use that require energy, and how demand for these services and for energy is differentiated between different households. This will lead on to considering issues around under-consumption and over-consumption, and how we may want to go could go about tackling problems associated with both of these.

3. Assessing the energy efficiency of residential dwellings

Dr Stefan Bouzarovski, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, GEES, University of Birmingham

24th May 2012, 2-4 PM

This event will explore the methods and techniques currently used to estimate the energy efficiency of the built fabric and appliances in the housing stock. Some of the basic procedures and equipment that have been used in GEES for this purpose – thermal imaging cameras, plug meters and thermocron ibuttons – will be overviewed (via examples from the recently-completed EnYA project). The session will also include an introduction to the energy measurement lab at GEES.

Coffee and tea will be provided. The coffee clubs are free and open to all, but places are limited. Please RSVP Dr Saska Petrova ( to confirm your attendance.


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