Some interesting new studies on building energy efficiency

My fellow research friends have been busy over the last couple of months, which has lead to some interesting new studies that have recently come out, both from academia and from the industry.

Rebound Effect is Overplayed (Nature)

A short but sweet two-pager about the "rebound effect" -- the idea that consumers will drive their car or use their washing machine more frequently, if these items are more efficient. The rebound effect can offset part of the savings achieved through energy efficiency, and this behavioral effect is typically not included in engineering models of energy savings (and payback/return predictions). Kotchen et al. do a good job of putting the big claims on large rebound effects into perspective. Important work for policy makers.

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Author: Nils Kok