Mandatory Policy, Innovations and the Renewable Energy Debate: A Case Study on Building Integrated Photovoltaics

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Abstract

Innovations in buildings help to reduce energy consumption and promote environmental protection and as well as the use of renewable energy technology. However, there is a conflict when the need for an innovation clashes with the financial burden and the complex adoption processes. As a result, the negative impacts of buildings remain, and the low adoption of strategic innovations remains unaddressed. This study aims to explore this challenge, the various sides of this debate and provide a practical guide which promotes energy and building‐related innovations driven by pol-icy. This paper is an extract from a recent doctoral study conducted using an exploratory qualitative model and interviews with eighty‐six residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) was selected as a case study energy innovation and the thematic analysis of the data collected suggests that BIPV adoption is limited by multiple barriers. The debate arising from the findings highlights two opposing viewpoints. One view claims that mandatory policies are necessary to promote innovation adoption. The other view argues that the merits of mandatory policy are lost since multiple barriers significantly discourage adoption in the first place. The study takes a proactive step towards resolving the debate using a systematic approach that recommends specific drivers backed by supporting policies to guide human‐centered, stakeholder-driven renewable energy transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number931
JournalBuildings
Volume12
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
  • innovations
  • interviews
  • mandatory policy
  • renewable energy
  • stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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