The Social Barriers Of The Building Sector

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1. What are the main social barriers in the building sector? Please differentiate between housing and tertiary, if necessary.
-What is the scope of each barrier on a regional and national level?
-Which of these barriers do the policy packages and instruments described in D.1.1 and D.1.2 address? What are the future trends?

Potential barriers Description/Examples
Heterogeneity of consumers Although a technology may be cost-effective on average for a class of users taken in aggregate, the class, itself, consists of a distribution of consumers: some could economically purchase additional efficiency, while others will find the new level of efficiency not cost effective (Sweeney 1993). This difficulty, is also referred to as aggregation bias.
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Bounded rationality Bounded rationality emphasizes limitations to rational decision making that are imposed by constraints on a decision maker’s attention, resources, and ability to process information. It assumes that economic actors intend to be rational, but are only able to exercise their rationality to a limited extent (Simon 1957). Important theoretical.
Rebound effect (Social-Economic) Rebound effects are where energy efficiency improvements lead to an energy service becoming cheaper relative to other goods and services, which can lead to increased consumption or create wealth from the energy savings. Rebound effects can therefore have positive social and economic consequences but may lead to a conflict with the goal to reduce energy use and emissions.

2. What are the main cultural barriers in the building sector? Please differentiate between housing and tertiary, if necessary.
-What is the scope of each barrier on a regional and national level?
-Which of these barriers do the policy packages and instruments described in D.1.1 and D.1.2 address? What are the future trends?

Potential barriers Description/Examples
Mistrust of new technologies Mistrust of new technologies and lack of willingness to adopt energy savings measures (especially households), historic low penetration to district heating because of the prevalence
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