Sustainable HCI and Encouraging Retrofitting

Christopher T Weeks, Chris Preist, Charles Delalonde

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Sustainable HCI has seen a large growth in the amount of
research taking place in the field. However, are we taking
the most effective route to generating sustainable sustainability?
In the Sustainable HCI community, a large focus of the
research has been on persuasive psychological techniques to
change individuals’ behaviours to be sustainable. Nevertheless,
individual behaviour change has limited energy saving
potential, and can be hard to sustain. Therefore, in this paper,
we propose an area of research - which has had limited
focus so far in the Sustainable HCI community - namely encouraging
retrofitting of buildings to be more efficient and
sustainable. This field has larger and more sustainable potential
energy savings, but sets a unique challenge to the Sustainable
HCI community which is very different in character from
the traditional focus on everyday behaviours and habits, as
retrofitting requires a considerable commitment, from both,
individuals and society.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2014
EventIs there a European strand of sustainable HCI? - Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 26 Oct 201430 Oct 2014


WorkshopIs there a European strand of sustainable HCI?


  • Sustainable HCI
  • Sustainability
  • Persuasive Sustainability
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Retrofitting

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