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Beyond energy services: A multidimensional and cross-disciplinary agenda for home energy management research

Oliveira, Sonja; Badarnah, Lidia; Barakat, Merate; Chatzimichali, Anna; Atkins, Ed


Sonja Oliveira

Merate Barakat
Senior Lecturer in Computational Architecture

Ed Atkins


Home Energy Management (HEM) has a significantly growing impact on strategic energy policy, digital equity, as well as housing development and transport issues. With the proliferation of home working, reliance on electricity for heating and cooling and the increasing needs for electric charging for transportation, there is an urgent need to develop novel ways for efficient management of home energy use. Current efforts focus on HEM technologies at individual household levels, without considering the social or spatial context or their collective community-wide interrelated dependencies. We propose a multifaceted agenda at the intersection of disciplinary domains to tackle this problem by using a multidimensional lens that draws on energy behaviour, architectural research, biomimetics, and computational design, simultaneously. Optimal and effective behavioural patterns can be extracted and abstracted from nature, informing a more collective and interrelated behavioural dependencies approach that considers the complex multidimensional energy use patterns of different housing typologies. This paper discusses the analytical benefits of this new research approach through a study of home energy management behaviour. The approach though could be expanded to consider other similar empirical contexts whereby sustainable multidimensional resource management is sought such as water use, food distribution as well as transport and mobility.


Oliveira, S., Badarnah, L., Barakat, M., Chatzimichali, A., & Atkins, E. (2022). Beyond energy services: A multidimensional and cross-disciplinary agenda for home energy management research. Energy Research and Social Science, 85, 102347.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 14, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2021
Publication Date Mar 1, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 8, 2023
Journal Energy Research and Social Science
Print ISSN 2214-6296
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 85
Pages 102347
Keywords Social Sciences (miscellaneous); Energy Engineering and Power Technology; Fuel Technology; Nuclear Energy and Engineering; Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, architecture, biomimetics, computational design, cross-disciplinary methods, h
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