a wooden house being renovated

Project: Scaling up energy renovation through smart design and one-stop-shop business model

There might be several different reasons why homeowners do not carry out energy renovations. The goal of this project is to overcome these challenges through smart design solutions. Unutilized spaces in different types of houses can be designed to be effectively used, e.g. rented out, to pay for the renovations.

Project information

Project manager
Krushna Mahapatra
Other project members
Brijesh Mainali, Katarina Rupar-Gadd, Migena Sula
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Klimatfastigheter Småland, HG Bygg, Ecokraft, Derome Alvesta, LR Installation, Växjö Energi, Kalmar Energi, Villaägarna Kronoberg
The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen; HÖG 20)
1 July 2021–31 Dec 2024
Sustainable built environment (Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

In the context of sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and energy security, it is important to improve energy efficiency of buildings and to fulfill the energy demand from renewable sources. There is a significant energy efficiency potential in the Swedish detached house segment, a large share of which is old and need renovation.

However, the rate of energy renovation is considerably lower than what is required. This is due to several hindrances, such as high upfront cost, information limitations, fragmented market, and small economic size of each renovation.

inside renovation of a window section

The overall aim of this project is to overcome these challenges through smart design solutions within the one-stop-shop concept to scale up energy renovation of detached houses.

  • We will develop design solutions for typical houses so that unutilized space of a house (common for houses owned by elderly people) could be effectively used (e.g. rented out) to economize the renovations.
  • We will conduct economic, energy-emission, and market acceptance analyses of the design solutions.
  • We will analyze the opportunities to implement the design solutions at district level and asses their implications for existing infrastructure and district heating companies.

This action-based research will be conducted at the Sustainable Built Environment Research (SBER) group of the Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology at Linnaeus University, in close cooperation with several companies. This project will be part of the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Green Sustainable Development and will strengthen the research and education environment of the department and at the Faculty of Technology.