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Unveiling the Process of Sustainable Renovation

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  • Liane Thuvander

    () (Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Sven Hultins Gata 6, Göteborg SE-412 96, Sweden)

  • Paula Femenías

    () (Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Sven Hultins Gata 6, Göteborg SE-412 96, Sweden)

  • Kristina Mjörnell

    () (Energy Technology, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Borås SE-501 15, Sweden)

  • Pär Meiling

    () (Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Sven Hultins Gata 6, Göteborg SE-412 96, Sweden)

Abstract

Renovation processes are complex and there is a risk of underestimating architectural, cultural, and social values in favor of exterior and interior upgrading, energy efficiency and financing. A synthesized, systematic process is needed for making decisions about renovation measures. The aim of this paper is to survey decision-making procedures aimed for sustainable renovation. We inventory existing tools and methodologies based on (a) a literature review and (b) results from a workshop with participants from the Swedish buildings sector, academia, and other stakeholders. Our results show that there are many tools available but few seem to have reached acceptance in renovation. None of the more established methods and tools addresses a complexity that balances material and immaterial values and they are often too specific. There is a need for simplified tools, especially for evaluating more intangible, experienced values. Instead of one comprehensive tool preferably a methodology for renovation should be developed with references to different tools. In the building sector, renovation should be considered a service-minded process rather than a merely technical one as often is the case in new construction. There is a need to clarify the process and the meaning of the terms, and that need is even more urgent when it comes to the values that are more difficult to define.

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  • Liane Thuvander & Paula Femenías & Kristina Mjörnell & Pär Meiling, 2012. "Unveiling the Process of Sustainable Renovation," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(6), pages 1-26, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:6:p:1188-1213:d:18238
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    1. Linus Malmgren & Kristina Mjörnell, 2015. "Application of a Decision Support Tool in Three Renovation Projects," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(9), pages 1-18, September.
    2. Åsa Wahlström & Björn Berggren & Josefin Florell & Rickard Nygren & Thomas Sundén, 2016. "Decision Making Process for Constructing Low-Energy Buildings in the Public Housing Sector in Sweden," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(10), pages 1-20, October.
    3. Kristina Mjörnell & Anna Boss & Markus Lindahl & Stefan Molnar, 2014. "A Tool to Evaluate Different Renovation Alternatives with Regard to Sustainability," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(7), pages 1-19, July.
    4. repec:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2016:i:4:p:388:d:68608 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Hans Lind & Kerstin Annadotter & Folke Björk & Lovisa Högberg & Tord Af Klintberg, 2016. "Sustainable Renovation Strategy in the Swedish Million Homes Programme: A Case Study," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(4), pages 1-12, April.
    6. Stefan Olsson & Tove Malmqvist & Mauritz Glaumann, 2015. "Managing Sustainability Aspects in Renovation Processes: Interview Study and Outline of a Process Model," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(6), pages 1-17, May.

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    Keywords

    building assessment; tools and methodologies; decision-making support; sustainable renovation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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