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Zero carbon homes and zero carbon living: sociomaterial interdependencies in carbon governance

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Zero carbon homes and zero carbon living : sociomaterial interdependencies in carbon governance. / Walker, Gordon; Karvonen, Andrew; Guy, Simon.

In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol. 40, No. 4, 10.2015, p. 494-506.

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Walker, G, Karvonen, A & Guy, S 2015, 'Zero carbon homes and zero carbon living: sociomaterial interdependencies in carbon governance', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 494-506. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12090

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Walker G, Karvonen A, Guy S. Zero carbon homes and zero carbon living: sociomaterial interdependencies in carbon governance. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2015 Oct;40(4):494-506. Epub 2015 Jul 14. doi: 10.1111/tran.12090

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Walker, Gordon ; Karvonen, Andrew ; Guy, Simon. / Zero carbon homes and zero carbon living : sociomaterial interdependencies in carbon governance. In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2015 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 494-506.

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