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Energy retrofitting of urban buildings: A socio-spatial analysis of three mid-sized Italian cities


  • Magnani, Natalia
  • Carrosio, Giovanni
  • Osti, Giorgio


The current paper analyses the issue of energy retrofitting of buildings in Italian cities. In particular a mixed-method approach is used combining the socio-spatial analysis of data on the most relevant policy tool, namely tax deduction, together with qualitative analysis of three case studies of middle-sized cities. The results show that on the one hand tax deduction has not been very effective in promoting a deep renovation of buildings and it may exacerbate already existing inequalities. On the other hand, it emerges that progress in eco-retrofit of buildings depends mainly on creation of new intermediators and intermediation incentives. They are increasingly necessary in an urban panorama that has become inevitably polycentric.

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  • Magnani, Natalia & Carrosio, Giovanni & Osti, Giorgio, 2020. "Energy retrofitting of urban buildings: A socio-spatial analysis of three mid-sized Italian cities," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 139(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:139:y:2020:i:c:s0301421520300987
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111341

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