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Sustainable Renovation Strategy in the Swedish Million Homes Programme: A Case Study

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  • Hans Lind

    () (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden)

  • Kerstin Annadotter

    () (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden)

  • Folke Björk

    () (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden)

  • Lovisa Högberg

    () (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden)

  • Tord Af Klintberg

    () (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden)

Abstract

Sweden has a large multifamily housing stock that was built between 1960 and 1975. An important current issue is how this stock can be renovated in a sustainable way. The article analyses a strategy used by a suburban municipal housing company that had clear social ambitions and offered the tenants three options of renovation: Mini, Midi and Maxi. Most tenants chose the Mini alternative which meant that they could afford to stay and that there was no increase in costs for the social authorities. An investment analysis showed that the Mini alternative had a positive net present value, but that the Midi and Maxi alternatives were more profitable. Even though there was no clear environmental focus in the renovation, energy use was reduced by 8%. As a conclusion, the study shows that a sustainable renovation is possible but that there are a number of conflicts between the different dimensions of sustainability.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2016:i:4:p:388-:d:68608
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    1. repec:eee:energy:v:135:y:2017:i:c:p:563-576 is not listed on IDEAS
    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.
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    Keywords

    affordability; housing renovation; sustainable renovation; million homes programme; Sweden;

    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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