Grounded Theory in Sustainable Energy Initiatives

Grounded Theory in Sustainable Energy Initiatives

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4252-1.ch005

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to raise awareness by introducing ideas that are generally based on transition studies and grounded theory (GT). In addition, to support us to understand phenomena such as green building investment decision making, changing energy saving behavior, and diffusion of smart grids and energy systems, these ideas also help developing interventions to reduce climate change through renewable energy technologies. Since energy systems are important determinants of social structure and complexity, and also because little attention has been paid to the social dynamics of energy transition in a social setting, the use of GT as a qualitative research methodology suitable to study this social phenomena can be helpful in this regard.
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Green Building

Green building, in terms of Singh et al. (2010), is a concept containing a wide range of solution and best practices which is a result of design philosophy that emphasizes on optimum utilization of resources and increases the resource utilization efficiency. Green building also referred as sustainable building which considers the construction of structures and the use of environmentally responsible and energy-efficient processes throughout the building life cycle from sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. This practice leads to the development and completion of the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability and comfort. Efficient use of energy, water and other resources, protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity, reducing waste, pollution, environmental degradation, and better waste management are among the basic objectives of these kinds of buildings.

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