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Low carbon heating and older adults: comfort,cosiness and glow

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Low carbon heating and older adults : comfort,cosiness and glow. / Devine-Wright, P.; Wrapson, W.; Henshaw, V.; Guy, S.

In: Building Research and Information, Vol. 42, No. 3, 04.05.2014, p. 288-299.

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Devine-Wright, P, Wrapson, W, Henshaw, V & Guy, S 2014, 'Low carbon heating and older adults: comfort,cosiness and glow', Building Research and Information, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 288-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2014.883563

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Devine-Wright, P., Wrapson, W., Henshaw, V., & Guy, S. (2014). Low carbon heating and older adults: comfort,cosiness and glow. Building Research and Information, 42(3), 288-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2014.883563

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Devine-Wright P, Wrapson W, Henshaw V, Guy S. Low carbon heating and older adults: comfort,cosiness and glow. Building Research and Information. 2014 May 4;42(3):288-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2014.883563

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Devine-Wright, P. ; Wrapson, W. ; Henshaw, V. ; Guy, S. / Low carbon heating and older adults : comfort,cosiness and glow. In: Building Research and Information. 2014 ; Vol. 42, No. 3. pp. 288-299.

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