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Research Seminars & Workshops @ IRES

Mr Derek Vollmer
Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory

Effects of construction activities on residential electricity consumption: Evidence from Singapore’s public housing estates


20 Feburary 2014 (Thu)


3.30 - 5.00pm


RMI Executive Seminar Room, Level 4, I-Cube Building


The causality between energy consumption and demand for comfort in housing services has been an important yet unresolved issue in the energy literature. This study uses a unique dataset of electricity consumption by public housing residents in Singapore measured at the block (building) level, and merges it with the data of construction sites for the periods from 2009 to 2012 to test the households’ electricity consumption behavior. Our results showed that there were significant increases in electricity consumption for public housing located within a 0.5km to 1km boundary from the adjacent construction sites. The electricity consumption of households affected by construction noises was 6.0% higher than the electricity consumption of control households who are not affected by noises from construction sites, after controlling for the fixed building and fixed month of the year effects in our models. We also found that the changes in electricity consumption of the affected households were permanent, and the electricity consumption of the affected households did not revert back to the pre-construction levels, after the removal of the negative externality.

About the Speaker

Derek Vollmer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) at ETH Zurich, and concurrently a researcher in the Singapore-ETH Centre's Future Cities Laboratory. His PhD research is in the field of environmental planning, with a focus on ecosystem services within an urbanized river catchment in Indonesia. Prior to moving to Singapore, Mr. Vollmer was a Program Officer in the Science & Technology for Sustainability unit of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Mr. Vollmer holds a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University (USA).

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