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An agent-based model framework for understanding the decisions of households and exploring bottom-up effects on housing sustainability

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Pagani Anna, Shinde Rhythima, Hellweg Stefanie, Binder Claudia R.,
Project Shrinking housing's environmental footprint (SHEF)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume (Issue) 1343
Page(s) 012142 - 012142
Title of proceedings Journal of Physics: Conference Series
DOI 10.1088/1742-6596/1343/1/012142

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Housing plays a crucial role in the transition towards sustainability. Zero-energy or low-carbon housing solutions are key, but their success depends on their acceptance by the users. We propose a conceptual and an operational framework for understanding households’ residential choices as a base for an agent-based model, using the tenant as basic unit to populate it. We firstly conceptualise the decision-making process of tenants as a system. Secondly, we cluster the synthetic agents populating the model into typologies of dwellings and tenants. Thirdly, we display their actions in the action arena, and set-up the test runs. Lastly, we introduce the next steps to follow for the simulation of the bottom-up effects on housing sustainability.