Architecture, material flows and embodied energy in housing

The application proposes a synthesis study regarding material flows and embodied energy in residential buildings that are generated by the production and the alteration, retrofiting and renovation during the use phase, and the links between these material flows and the architectural design. The area is unexplored and synthesis study will establish a knowledge base for new applications that will lead to experimental research. Central to the synthesis study is a pilot study of an existing multi-residential building (100 apartments), where materials and related energy flows are quantified and analyzed in relation to architectural design (materials, furnishings, openings, layout of floor plans, etc.). Furthermore, the underlying factors for alterations and retrofittings (also due to errors during construction) are elucidated through interviews with users, developers, managers etc. The study is conducted within the trans-disciplinary research arena HSB LivingLab.


Paula Femenias (contact)

Docent at Achitecture, Building Design

Liane Thuvander

Docent at Achitecture, Architecture Theory and Method


Swedish Energy Agency

Funding years 2015

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Building Futures

Area of Advance

Sustainable Development

Chalmers Driving Force

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