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What is wrong with energy efficiency? / Shove, Elizabeth Anne.

In: Building Research and Information, Vol. 46, No. 7, 03.10.2018, p. 779-789.

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Shove, EA 2018, 'What is wrong with energy efficiency?', Building Research and Information, vol. 46, no. 7, pp. 779-789. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1361746

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Shove EA. What is wrong with energy efficiency? Building Research and Information. 2018 Oct 3;46(7):779-789. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1361746

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Shove, Elizabeth Anne. / What is wrong with energy efficiency?. In: Building Research and Information. 2018 ; Vol. 46, No. 7. pp. 779-789.

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