Socio-scientific Evaluation (SOWI)

In social scientific studies, the focus of research is on human beings and their social environment. Through employing empirical methods, our business unit investigates behavioural patterns of selected target groups with regard to

  • investment decisions concerning energy-efficient measures and technologies and
  • behavioural decisions on the use of energy.

Analysing the acceptance of energy-efficient solutions is another focal point.
Therefore it is of particular importance to accompany energy policy measures and evaluate projects on energy efficiency with social scientific research. Depending on the specific project alignment, private households, trades/commerce/services (GHD), municipalities or specific industrial sectors are investigated.

Special emphasis is placed on the school sector because schools are considered as being a space in which to live and learn and as an environment which influences people right from their childhood on. Energy-efficient buildings in which energy-efficient behaviour is practised and taught, are seen as a promising contribution to achieving a sustainable society.

An overview of our school projects is given here.

Service Portfolio

  • We investigate the acceptance of innovative technologies (efficient technologies in the areas of heat and electricity) across social groups, investors and user groups, e.g. energy-efficient building technology or electromobility.
  • We evaluate programmes at the national and European levels, e.g. energy-focused building refurbishment or energy consultancy services.
  •  We assess savings effects of new sectoral policy instruments, e.g. promotion programmes for achieving climate protection objectives or the implementation of energy-efficiency networks in medium-sized businesses.
  • We analyse the effects of climate policy measures on resource requirements, emissions and affected business sectors and provide guidance, e.g. in the area of the Energy Efficiency Directive or energy consumption labelling.

Important collaboration partners are:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP)
  • GfK Nuremberg
  • Oeko-Institute e.V. Freiburg
  • Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)
  • Darmstadt University of Technology
  • Halle University
  • Coimbra University (Portugal)
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate. Environment and Energy
  • Independent Institute for Environmental Issues e.V. (UfU)

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