Efficiency of Conservation Interventions in Administrative Buildings: PEOPLE Case Study in Czech Republic

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PEOPLE project is launching the first People-Centred Learning Cycle! In four partner countries and four case studies, local development teams of students, academic mentors, and business professionals will be applying people-centred development approaches and cooperating in the development and testing of industry solutions in the fields of energy efficiency and sustainable living, tailored to the needs of people. We will present all four case studies here, as well as continuously report on their progress. We are starting off today with our Czech PEOPLE case study.

Researchers at Charles University in Prague and their industry partner VÚPS launched a study on the efficiency of conservation interventions in administrative buildings. The study has three objectives:

i) to decrease energy consumption in administrative buildings;

ii) to employ the knowledge of social science about people’s behaviour in policies aiming at a higher efficiency of public buildings;

iii) and to engage students of social science in a practice-oriented research.

The intervention will motivate city (and state) office workers to regulate temperature in their offices in order to conserve energy. The efficiency of the intervention that will employ a combination of feedback and goal setting will be evaluated on the basis of real changes in energy consumption and also of changes in behavioural intention to conserve energy. Four master students of sociology and related fields will participate in the Czech PEOPLE case study and all the stages of intervention study. They will prepare interventions and evaluation questionnaires, analyse data and draw conclusions with both practical and scientific relevance.

People-Centred Learning Cycles are the key innovative contribution of the PEOPLE project. They present a novel pedagogical approach bringing together students, university educators, business professionals, and users of products and services to foster a balanced exchange of knowledge, skills, and experience. Read more about our learning cycles and the expected outcomes here. Follow our website, Facebook page, or Twitter account for news and updates.