What energy and resources are consumed by what types of household, living situations and settlement? That is a fundamental question which Bernhard Gill and his group of architects are endeavouring to clarify based on census data and household surveys. A whole range of interesting effects can be observed relating to the connection between income, size of household, life cycle, ownership structures and contrasts between the city and the country. But at the same time, the question also arises about how energy can be saved. It is our belief that the saving strategies to be selected – distance heating or solar plant, polystyrene insulation or woolly hat – must match the way in which the inhabitants live. That is why the term “matching” is used.
Bernhard Gill, who studied political science and sociology in Berlin and Erlangen, teaches sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich. He heads the research groups “Social Structure and Consumption of Resources” and “Political Economy of Knowledge Societies“.