Distinguishing between green building occupants reasoned and unplanned behaviours

Elizabeth L. Hewitt, Clinton J. Andrews, Jennifer A. Senick, Richard Wener, Uta Krogmann, Maryann Sorensen Allacci

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Abstract

Several frameworks incorporate social and psychological elements of environmentally significant behaviour, and most assume cognitive and deliberate decision-making. Household energy consumption behaviours, however, span a spectrum from reasoned and deliberate to unplanned and automatic. The aim of this paper is to advance knowledge of reasoned and unplanned behaviours in the context of pro-environmental action. Using results of a survey administered to occupants of an urban residential green building, this study explores five household consumption behaviours and tests the hypothesis that unplanned behaviours will be poorly predicted by a reasoned, values-based behavioural framework. Using path analyses, variables in a values-based framework are used to predict surveyed behaviours. Findings indicate that behaviours hypothesized to be unplanned were not well predicted by the values-based framework. The framework successfully predicted what was hypothesized to be a fully reasoned behaviour. Three potential reasons are discussed for the lack of prediction of some behaviours. A deeper understanding of how unplanned, automatic or habitual behaviours intervene in conservation intentions can help policy-makers and building designers better respond to influences of occupant behaviour on building performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-134
Number of pages16
JournalBuilding Research and Information
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2016

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Energy utilization
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Keywords

  • consumption
  • environmental beliefs
  • habits
  • household
  • inhabitants
  • occupant behaviour
  • reasoned behaviour
  • residential
  • values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Distinguishing between green building occupants reasoned and unplanned behaviours. / Hewitt, Elizabeth L.; Andrews, Clinton J.; Senick, Jennifer A.; Wener, Richard; Krogmann, Uta; Sorensen Allacci, Maryann.

In: Building Research and Information, Vol. 44, No. 2, 17.02.2016, p. 119-134.

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Hewitt, Elizabeth L. ; Andrews, Clinton J. ; Senick, Jennifer A. ; Wener, Richard ; Krogmann, Uta ; Sorensen Allacci, Maryann. / Distinguishing between green building occupants reasoned and unplanned behaviours. In: Building Research and Information. 2016 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 119-134.
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