Governing and governed by practices: Exploring interventions in low-carbon housing policy and practice

Rachel Macrorie, Chris Foulds, Tom Hargreaves

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This chapter investigates the often overlooked practices of housing professionals involved in designing and delivering low-carbon homes; two UK case studies focused on different low-carbon performance standards (Code for Sustainable Homes; Passivhaus standard). We argue that low-carbon housing needs to be understood as an intervention in a whole system of interrelated practices performed by both householders and professionals, and not merely as an isolated introduction of new technologies to householders. The links, flows and relations within such a system of practice need to be further explored, if a better understanding of the governance of sustainability interventions is to be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Practices, Intervention and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond behaviour change
EditorsYolande Strengers, Cecily Maller
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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