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Project: Sectoral readiness for deep renovation of detached households: from research to practice

The purpose of this project is to enhance preparedness of the deep renovation sector. The project will focus on the capacity building of the supply-side actors (artisans, installation companies, consultants, architects, etc.) and homeowners, and develop strategies and pathways for Växjö municipality for the deep renovation of detached houses.

Project information

Project manager
Brijesh Mainali
Other project members
Krushna Mahapatra, Linnaeus University; Magnus Jonasson and Charlotte Gustafsson Brynielsson, Växjö municipality; Lisa Ossman and Eva-Lotta Kurkinen, RISE; Johan Milton, the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden; Claes G Åhlander, Villaägarna Kronoberg 
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Växjö municipality, RISE, the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, Villaägarna Kronoberg (House-owners of the Kronoberg county)
Financier
The Swedish government research council Formas
Timetable
1 Nov 2019–31 Oct 2021
Subject
Sustainable built environment (Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

Energy-efficient renovation has been identified as an important goal of the United Nations Urban Development Agenda to drive the development of sustainable cities. At the same time, the European Commission's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has identified "one-stop-shops" (OSS) as a useful means to stimulate extensive renovations.

There is a large interest in the OSS concept among both homeowners and small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs), which dominate the renovation market. However, past studies have shown that SMEs are hesitant to offer OSS service, mainly due to the lack of competency and resources to manage and coordinate multiple actors, insecurity about quality of work by other companies, and, above all, the perceived business risks.

This project will adopt the transdisciplinary approach, which will integrate both scientific knowledge and societal knowledge to co-create the solution-oriented knowledge. The proposed project will focus on two areas for the solutions viz.

  1. Capacity building of various actors within the value chain, and
  2. Developing a strategy for the municipality for deep renovation of detached houses.

The project will be instrumental in translating the gained scientific knowledge from the following two research projects into practice, for increased energy renovation of detached houses in Sweden:

The scientific knowledge from Linnaeus University and RISE will be blended with the knowledge and expertise from societal partners (Växjö municipality, the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden and Villaägarna Kronoberg) to translate the research findings in meaningful practices.

Overall goal

This project will help in meeting the national as well as Växjö municipality's goals regarding energy efficiency and GHG emission reduction from the residential sector. The main objectives of the project are:

  • Capacity building of the supply-side actors (artisans, installation companies, consultants, architects, etc) and homeowners.
  • Recommend strategies and pathways for Växjö municipality for the deep renovation of the detached houses.

The project is part of the research conducted by the Sustainable Built Environment Research (SBER) research group.