Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223998
Title: EFFECT OF CULTURE ON ENERGY BEHAVIORS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN SINGAPORE
Authors: LIM SZE HUI LOUISA
Keywords: Culture, Energy Behaviours, Race, Residential buildings, Multi-racial, Hofstede’s cultural dimensions
Building
PFM
Building Performance and Sustainability
Lu Yujie
2017/2018 PFM
Culture
Energy Behaviours
Race
Residential buildings
Multi-racial
Issue Date: 18-Jun-2018
Citation: LIM SZE HUI LOUISA (2018-06-18). EFFECT OF CULTURE ON ENERGY BEHAVIORS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: There has been an increasing interest in energy conservation due to energy consumption growing at an exponential rate. Current studies have focused on occupants’ behaviours to achieve the potential of energy conservation in buildings. Prior research had examined the influence of demographic factors on energy behaviours and consumption. Energy behaviours have been shown to be a type of consumer behaviours which are culture specific. In this study, we aim to analyse the impact of culture on energy behaviours in a multiracial nation, Singapore. A total of 389 sample households were recruited from different geological locations in Singapore for this analysis. Surveys consisting of questionnaires from VSM 2013 and relating to energy conservation behaviours were conducted both in hardcopies and on Google Forms. Results from the surveys collected were thus tabulated and analysed along with the calculations of the six cultural dimensions for each household. Kruskal-Wallis H test was conducted to determine if there were statistical significant differences between (1) race and culture and (2) race and energy behaviours. Spearman’s rho correlation was also conducted between the six cultural dimensions and energy behaviours for both the overall sample group as well as individual racial groups. The results from the analysis showed that being in a multiracial nation, race only plays a trivial role in determining culture and energy behaviours if there are minimal cultural differences among the races. Additionally, culture was seen to be correlated with energy behaviours of households even though majority of the correlations observed were insignificant. However, it was also noted that other demographic factors such as income and education level in addition to race were seen to be influential in affecting the correlations between culture and energy behaviours. All in all, the results suggested that strategies that aim to encourage energy conservation behaviours need to be targeted at the specific cultural dimensions to enhance their effectiveness. As it is crucial for such strategies to be culture specific, multi-level strategies in a multiracial country are also encouraged as significant correlations between culture and energy behaviours differed due to influences from race, income and education level.
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