Residents’ engagement and interactions in energy-saving renovation of urban existing buildings in Northern China

The growing energy use in buildings in China and its adverse impacts on the environment enhances the need that more residents agree energy-saving renovation and conduct efficient energy use practice in existing buildings. How can the renovation adoption be accelerated? How can energy-efficient practice be enhanced? In this project, we analyse heterogeneous behaviour of residents in agreeing and adapting energy-saving renovation. To achieve this, an agent-based simulation approach is employed to model decision-making of residents, focusing especially on the role of resident interactions under different conditions (socio-economic, property ownership, and policy context). Parameter and decision rules estimation and validation of the model are done through interviews and extensive surveys.