DECC commissioned Ipsos MORI and University College London (UCL) to continue scoping the design of a potential sociotechnical longitudinal survey of domestic energy use in the UK. Additionally Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), Loughborough University and Cambridge University were commissioned to investigate the costs of monitoring equipment that could be used in such a survey. This research project aimed to build on, and further progress, a previous early-stage Feasibility Study carried out by the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology at the UCL Energy Institute, together with UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and NatCen Social Research which was published in early 2014 (the executive summary of the Feasibility Study report is available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/docs/lukes-reports/exec. No commitment has been made by DECC to commission a survey but this project will help inform decisions on whether it would be a cost-effective investment.
The aim of this further development work was to:
- Begin questionnaire development work to understand and prioritise topics on which it will be feasible to collect data;
- prioritise coverage of sub-groups and provide a more detailed sampling strategy; and to
- provide a more detailed assessment of costs, including the associated monitoring and equipment costs.
The series or outputs from this research are detailed in the above documents.