Strategies for Integrated Sustainable Renovation: Focus on the Swedish domestic building stock ‘folkhemmet’ in the pre‐boom era
Research Project , 2010 – 2013

The project develops integrated strategies for sustainable renovation of culturally valuable pre-boom housing (folkhemmet e.g. 1945 - 1960). The technical knowledge of these stocks is much less developed than knowledge about later stocks as is the knowledge and empathy about their invaluable immaterial qualities. The aim is to integrate socio-cultural, environmental and economic aspects by elaborating renovation scenarios based on assessments of: architectural quality, energy, mass and monetary flows in a life cycle perspective, living quality, and relating to implementation (technical issues, affordability, user acceptance etc). A limited number of parameters (material and immaterial) will be identified and integrated in scenarios for long-term (>30 years) sustainable management using different options. Parameters will be identified in collaboration with industry partners and scenarios elaborated on existing cases. The transferability of results to other stocks nationally and internationally will be evaluated. Besides increasing the body of scientific knowledge, results aim at actionable knowledge for owners of pre-boom stocks, architects and decision-makers at all levels. An arena will be set up for collaborative research with industry partners. The collaborative approach strengthens competition in sustainable building, the validation and up-take of results, and bridges knowledge gaps among professionals and disciplines.


Liane Thuvander (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Pär Meiling

Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)


AB Stockholmshem

Stockholm, Sweden

Bengt Dahlgren AB

Stockholm, Sweden

Centre for Management of the Built Environment (CMB)

Gothenburg, Sweden

City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden


Göteborg, Sweden

Göteborgs Stadsmuseum

Göteborg, Sweden

Halmstad Fastighets AB

Halmstad, Sweden

Peab Sverige, Göteborg

Göteborg, Sweden


Angered, Sweden

Ramböll AB

Copenhagen, Denmark

Region Västra Götaland

Vänersborg, Sweden

Stena Fastigheter AB


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Zürich, Switzerland

The Swedish Union of Tenants

Göteborg, Sweden

Vienna University of Technology

Wien, Austria

White Architects

Stockholm, Sweden


Region Västra Götaland

Funding Chalmers participation during 2010–2014

Bebo - Beställaregruppen bostäder

Funding Chalmers participation during 2010–2013


Project ID: 244-2010-252
Funding Chalmers participation during 2010–2014

Centre for Management of the Built Environment (CMB)

Funding Chalmers participation during 2010–2014

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance


Areas of Advance


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