Dr Gavin Killip
t: 01865 285162
Member:ECI Energy Research Theme
Gavin has a BA in Linguistics from York University and an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the University of East London, in association with the Centre for Alternative Technology. He joined the ECI in 2004 after working for 10 years on energy efficiency and building-integrated renewable energy projects in the voluntary and public sectors. He has reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions in his own 1908 home by 60% through major refurbishment.
Below, Gavin Killip presents some key findings from research on low-energy housing renovation, based on interviews with innovative small builders in the UK.
I am interested in finding solutions for a more sustainable built environment. I take a broad 'socio-technical systems' approach to investigating how technology and behaviour evolve and affect each other, with the ultimate goal of proposing positive change by understanding better the workings of complex systems.
Most of my research focus has been on existing housing in the context of climate change mitigation - investigating how 2050 climate change targets might be met through the markets for property (sales and rentals) and repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI). This involves economic transactions, flows of information at many different levels, and challenges for many existing institutions. I aim to make my research relevant to policy.
- Oxfordshire's Low-Carbon Economy report: now published and launched officially on 8 December 2014
- Build Up Skills: working with local and national organisations on the development of a curriculum on energy efficiency for the UK construction industry.
- Carbon Reduction for Housing Managers (CRoHM). Developing tools for social landlords to better understand and manage energy use in their housing stocks. Funded by Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board).
- Sustainable Pathways to Low Carbon Energy (SPLiCE). A project with various academic and industry partners, jointly funded by Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
- Berry, S., Sharp, A., Hamilton, J. and Killip, G. (2014) Inspiring low-energy retrofits: the influence of ‘open home’ events. Building Research and Information, 42(4): 422-433.
- Darby, S.J., Griffin, P.W., Julien, A., Killip, G., Morton, C. and Summerfield, A. (2014) Demand Reduction - Synthesis of Findings from the UKERC Phase 2 Demand Theme, 2009-2013 (Working Paper). UKERC Report UKERC/WP/ED/2014/001, UKERC: London.
- Fawcett, T. and Killip, G. (2014) Anatomy of low carbon retrofits: evidence from owner-occupied Superhomes. Building Research and Information, 42(4): 434-445.
- Fawcett, T., Killip, G. and Janda, K.B. (2014) Innovative practices in low carbon retrofit: Time, scale and business models.. BEHAVE Conference, Oxford, UK, 3-4 September 2014.
- Janda, K.B., Killip, G. and Fawcett, T. (2014) Reducing Carbon from the “Middle-Out”: The Role of Builders in Domestic Refurbishment. Buildings, 4(4): 911-936.
- Killip, G., Fawcett, T. and Janda, K.B. (2014) Innovation in low-energy residential renovation: UK and France. Proceedings of the ICE - Energy,, 167(3): 117-124.
- Patrick, J., Killip, G., Brand, C., Augustine, A. and Eyre, N. (2014) Oxfordshire's Low Carbon Economy. Environmental Change Institute and Low Carbon Oxford.
- Fawcett, T., Killip, G. and Janda, K.B. (2013) Building Expertise: Identifying policy gaps and new ideas in housing eco-renovation in the UK and France. Proceedings of European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Summer Study 2013, Belambra Les Criques, France.
- Janda, K.B and Killip, G. (2013) Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation. Chapter 2 in, Hoffman, A. and Henn R. (eds.) Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability. MIT Press, Boston, USA. pp. 35-55.
- Killip, G. (2013) Products, practices and processes: exploring the innovation potential for low-carbon housing refurbishment among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK construction industry. Energy Policy, 62: 522-530.
- Killip, G. (2013) Transition management using a market transformation, approach: lessons for theory, research and practice, from the case of low-carbon housing refurbishment in, the UK. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31: 876-892.
- Killip, G., Fawcett, T. and Blundel, R. (2013) Emerging models of environmentally sustainable enterprise: a comparative study of low-energy housing retrofit organisations in the UK and France.. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference, Cardiff, 12th and 13th November 2013 (Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise track).
- Killip, G., Fawcett, T., Janda, K.B., Bellian, V. and Nosperger, S. (2013) Building Expertise: industry responses to the low-energy housing retrofit agenda in the UK and France.. Proceedings of European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Summer Study 2013, Belambra Les Criques, France.
- Killip, G. (2012) Beyond the Green Deal: Market Transformation for low-carbon housing refurbishment in the UK.. Retrofit 2012 conference, University of Salford.
- Killip, G. (2011) Can market transformation approaches apply to service markets? An investigation of innovation, learning, risk and reward in the case of low-carbon housing refurbishment in the UK.. Proceedings of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study 2011, Hyeres, France.
- Killip, G. (2011) Implications of an 80% CO2 emissions reduction target for the UK housing refurbishment industry. Unpublished DPhil. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford.
- Killip, G. (2011) Latent market opportunities for low-carbon housing refurbishment.. Energy and People: Futures, Complexity and Challenges conference, University of Oxford.
- Nösperger, S., Killip, G. and Janda, K.B. (2011) Building Expertise: A System of Professions Approach to Low-Carbon Refurbishment in the UK and France.. ECEEE Summer Study, Hyères, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 6-11 June. http://proceedings.eceee.org/vispanel.php?event=1.
- Janda, K.B. and Killip, G. (2010) Building Expertise: A System of Professions Approach to Low-Carbon Practice.. EASST 2010: Practicing Science and Technology, Performing the Social, Trento, Italy. European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, 2-4 September. http://events.unitn.it/en/easst010.
- Janda, K.B. and Killip, G. (2010) Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation.. Constructing Green: Sustainability and the Places We Inhabit, Ann Arbor, M.I., 20-22 May. http://sustainability.umich.edu/events/constructing-green-sustainability-and-places-we-inhabit.
- Killip, G. (2010) Innovation in service markets for a low-carbon future and the privileged status of policy in shaping sociotechnical change: lessons from housing refurbishment in the UK., SPRU, University of Sussex, UK. Paper presented at the Energy transitions conference, February 2010.
- Hamilton, J. and Killip, G. (2009) Demonstration, inspiration … replication? Assessing the impact and limits of social learning from Eco-homes Open Days in the UK.. at ECEEE Summer Study, La Colle sur Loup, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Poster presentation..
- Killip, G. (2008) Climate change and the existing housing stock. Chartered Institute of Housing. pp. 253. ISBN: 9781905018604.
- Killip, G. (2008) It's the Size of the Reduction Target, Stupid! The Need for a Wholesale Re-Think of Energy Efficiency Policy in UK Housing. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
- Killip, G. and University of Oxford (2008) Building a Greener Britain: Transforming the UK's Existing Housing Stock.Ingram, J. (ed.) Environmental Change Institute (ECI). 35 pp.
- Hinnells, M., Boardman, B., Darby, S., Killip, G. and Layberry, R. (2007) Transforming UK homes: achieving a 60 % cut in carbon emissions by 2050.. ECEEE Summer Study, paper 5356, Nice, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
- Palmer, J, Boardman, B., Bottrill, C., Darby, S., Hinnells, M., Killip, G., Layberry, R. and Lovell, H. (2006) Reducing the environmental impact of housing. Final Report, Consultancy study in support of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollutions 26th Report on the Urban Environment..
- Boardman, B., Darby, S., Killip, G., Hinnells, M., Jardine, C., Palmer, J. and Sinden, G. (2005) 40% House.. Environmental Change Institute. Research Report 31.