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Energy as a student's priority : Analyzing energy use of university students

Westerhuis, M.J. (2016) Energy as a student's priority : Analyzing energy use of university students.

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Abstract:Housing corporation De Veste owns and administers rental houses in the Netherlands. Part of the housing stock of De Veste includes dormitories for university students, which are located at the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede. In these dormitories, circa 2100 students live together in groups of circa ten individuals. Every student has his/her own room, which is rented by De Veste. Because De Veste aspires to turn all of its properties into energy neutral dwellings (houses using the same amount of energy as is being produced on site, thus creating a zero net energy consumption), this also applies to the student housing at the campus. To reach this objective, it is recognized that the students in their role as lessees should be made to contribute to reaching this goal by lowering their average energy use levels. Yet, despite available studies on energy usage by households in a general sense, it is unknown how students exactly make use of energy and what the defining influences are. Knowledge about this topic is required to be able to make the right decisions with respect to future measures for making the dormitories more sustainable. It is also in the interest of sustainability science in general to get a better view on the energy use by different groups in society. For these reasons, a research project has been initiated. The overarching goal is as follows: “The aim is to develop a model that describes the energy use behavior of students by conducting a case study research on dormitories at the campus of the University of Twente.”
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70483
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