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Bringing the social sciences to the heart of environmental debate, this book demonstrates the relevance of sociological analysis for environmentally critical issues like energy consumption. Focusing on energy efficiency and the built environment, the authors take a critical look at the production and use of technical knowledge and energy-related expertise. Challenging the conventional assumptions of scientists and energy policy-makers, the book outlines a new role for social research and a new paradigm for environmental policy.
I. Introduction II. Building Research Environments III. Energy Knowledges IV. Theories of Knowledge and Practice V. The Politics of Insulation VI. Organising Design: Housing and Energy VII. Developing Interests: Office Buildings and Barriers VIII. Conclusions