The CERTOP Lab in Toulouse is taking a sociological approach to energy to show how energy performance is a joint endeavour


During the construction phase, a a sociology student carried out a six-month assignment which enabled a map to be drawn of the different parties involved in building the houses. This showed how information, especially information that was crucial to the performance of the finished buildings, was exchanged between the various trades.

In this way, the University of Toulouse's CERTOP sociology lab is contributing its skills in change management to Project HSP. Technical systems are not enough to ensure that the performance buildings of 2020 actually perform – residents need to be on board too!

Everyone involved in the project, including tenants, will play a joint role in monitoring the houses' real-life energy performance. Together they will determine what information and what innovative steps can be used to ensure that the challenge of low energy use is met without any excessive compromise on living comfort.

Project HSP is a showcase for a forthcoming revolution: the performance homes of 2020.

The project will be accompanied by a doctoral thesis, which will be funded by the project partners and supervised by Marie-Christine Zelem of the CERTOP lab.

The thesis will study economical buildings, fuel poverty, energy independence and the measures and equipment that can contribute to energy savings, such as renewable energy sources, the EU energy label and energy performance certificates.

This thesis will therefore be an interactive step which will contribute towards improving and perfecting the measures taken in the two houses. It will provide essential new insights into the design, construction and use of the house of 2020 for everyone involved in Project HSP.