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Energy Vulnerability Composite Index in Social Housing, from a Household Energy Poverty Perspective

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  • Eva Llera-Sastresa

    () (Department of Mechanical Engineering, CIRCE, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain)

  • Sabina Scarpellini

    () (Department of Accounting and Finance, CIRCE, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain)

  • Pilar Rivera-Torres

    () (Department of Marketing, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain)

  • Juan Aranda

    () (CIRCE Foundation—Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumptions, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain)

  • Ignacio Zabalza-Bribián

    () (Department of Mechanical Engineering, CIRCE, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain)

  • Alfonso Aranda-Usón

    () (Department of Accounting and Finance, CIRCE, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain)

Abstract

In Europe, the proportion of social housing is high, and such houses tend to be inhabited by below average-income households, which are particularly vulnerable to energy poverty. This article proposes a new methodological approach for defining an index for household energy vulnerability assessment. This method can be used to improve the management of social housing. After establishing a heuristic framework for household energy poverty–which stems from different causes such as income, the characteristics of the residence, energy installations, and the energy-consumption habits of household members–multi-criteria analytical methods, based on the aggregation of indicators which reveal the conditions leading to energy poverty, have been applied, and effective means of intervention are proposed. The method is also applied to a sample of social houses and thus validated as a useful tool in decision-making processes which concern the management of social housing from a household energy-poverty perspective.

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  • Eva Llera-Sastresa & Sabina Scarpellini & Pilar Rivera-Torres & Juan Aranda & Ignacio Zabalza-Bribián & Alfonso Aranda-Usón, 2017. "Energy Vulnerability Composite Index in Social Housing, from a Household Energy Poverty Perspective," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(5), pages 1-20, April.
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    1. Juan Aranda & Ignacio Zabalza & Andrea Conserva & Gema Millán, 2017. "Analysis of Energy Efficiency Measures and Retrofitting Solutions for Social Housing Buildings in Spain as a Way to Mitigate Energy Poverty," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(10), pages 1-22, October.
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    Keywords

    energy poverty; social housing; indicators; energy management; socioeconomics;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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