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Constructing GreenThe Social Structures of Sustainability$
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Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019415

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.001.0001

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Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation

Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation

(p.35) 2 Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation
Constructing Green

Kathryn B. Janda

Gavin Killip

The MIT Press

This chapter begins with a review of some recent literature on innovation in the residential sector. The chapter takes up the challenge of discerning which institutions can successfully intervene in the total sociotechnical system of the built environment to steer it toward sustainable performance. In doing so, it moves from discussions of what needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions in the existing housing stock, and draws attention to who will do it and how. Specifically, it focuses on the role of so-called “intermediaries,”, their expertise, and their ability to enhance (or inhibit) the implementation of sustainable strategies in existing residential buildings.

Keywords:   innovation, residential sector, sociotechnical system, built environment, intermediaries, expertise, residential buildings

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