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Research to understand burning in UK homes and gardens - AQ1017

This is a multi-method research project to understand people's domestic burning behaviours, including what, when, where, how much and why people burn in their homes and gardens.

The project methodology involves extensive qualitative and quantitative research with UK householders, including detailed point-in-time surveys of householder attitudes and behaviours as well as a small number of core questions, asked at regular intervals (every two weeks) over 10-12 months, to gather reliable data on people's burning behaviours.
In a UK domestic setting, the project objectives are to:

1. Provide reliable data (at urban and rural level within each of the four nations of the UK) on the type and quantity of material being burnt and how this is being burnt

2. Provide detailed understanding of knowledge of and attitudes towards burning at home

3. Provide detailed understanding of the links between burning behaviours and socio-economic factors (e.g. fuel poverty)

4. Provide detailed understanding of barriers to behavioural change (e.g. costs, availability of alternatives, willingness/ ability to switch to alternatives; awareness of issues, credibility of messages, and role of burning in the home)

5. Provide data on the change in burning practices over time (specifically, a comparison pre/post 2005 e.g. for those living in their own homes since that time).

The research questions the project aims to answer are:

1) What proportion of the population burn in their home and garden respectively and how does this vary across population groups?
2) What do people burn when, where and in what quantities?
3) How do they obtain the materials that they burn?
4) What are the reasons why people do and do not burn at home?
5) What are the drivers of purchasing decisions for materials and appliances?
6) To what extent do people use efficient burning methods when they burn? (e.g. fire lighting, seasoning, management of fires once lit, maintenance of appliances)
7) Are people aware of whether they are in a Smoke Control Area (SCA)?
8) To what extent are people aware of the environmental and health impacts of burning?
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final report - Burning in UK homes and gardens   (3426k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe A - UK domestic solid fuels use estimates paper   (972k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe B - UK domestic solid fuel usage tables   (286k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe C - Qualitative methods and guides   (743k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe D - Point-in-time surveys   (1152k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe E - Core activity survey   (465k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe F - Core activity survey data   (9058k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexe G - Core activity survey data dictionary   (288k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2020

Cost: £346,008
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Air Quality              
Fields of Study
Air Quality