The Impact of Subsidies on the Prevalence of Climate-Sensitive Residential Buildings in Malaysia

Tan, David T., Yi, Gong and Siri, José G., (2017). The Impact of Subsidies on the Prevalence of Climate-Sensitive Residential Buildings in Malaysia. Sustainability, 9(12), 1-26

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    Author Tan, David T.
    Yi, Gong
    Siri, José G.
    Title The Impact of Subsidies on the Prevalence of Climate-Sensitive Residential Buildings in Malaysia
    Appearing in Sustainability
    Volume 9
    Issue No. 12
    Publication Date 2017-12-18
    Place of Publication Basel
    Publisher Molecular Diversity Preservation International and Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
    Start page 1
    End page 26
    Language eng
    Abstract Dependence on air-conditioning (AC) for residential cooling and ventilation is a health and sustainability challenge. In hot temperatures, climate-sensitive buildings (CSB) can complement and/or substitute for AC usage in achieving thermal comfort. Many countries facing such conditions—particularly in tropical climates—are developing quickly, with rising populations and income creating demand for new housing and AC. This presents a window for adoption of CSB but could also result in long term lock-in of AC-dependent buildings. Here, a simple system dynamics model is used to explore the potential and limitations of subsidies to affect futures of housing stock and night-time AC usage in Malaysia. The effectiveness of subsidies in achieving high uptake of CSB and resulting health benefits is highly dependent on homebuyer willingness to pay (WTP). A detailed understanding of WTP in the Malaysian context and factors that can shift WTP is necessary to determine if CSB subsidies can be a good policy mechanism for achieving CSB uptake.
    UNBIS Thesaurus AIR-CONDITIONING
    Keyword Urban health
    Health inequities
    Urban heat
    Climate-sensitive buildings
    Systems thinking
    System dynamics model
    Thermal comfort
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.3390/su9122300
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