Finally, the last theme taken up is that of the everyday behavior of consumers. Our knowledge of thermal comfort is making rapid progress, although physiologists and psychologists still have differing viewpoints. For both thermal management of dwellings and investments in energy conservation, the motives of consumers are multiple and complex and cannot be reduced simply to minimization of costs. During the Conference practitioners encouraged research on the issue, which is taking on increased importance as the pressure from rising prices diminishes and the economic logic becomes less predominant.
We hope that this book, by discussing a wide variety of approaches and topics, will be useful to researchers and decision makers who want to understand the various facets of this complex social reality.
In conclusion, the Executive Committee of the Conference wishes to express their very sincere thanks to George Gaskell for preparing this volume and to all public and private organizations, both in France and from other countries, who have given us their financial support 2 and to the staff of the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment for their generous help in the organization of this event.
Chairman of the Executive Committee
of the 2nd International Conference
on Consumer Behavior and Energy