Architectural Research in Living Labs: Exploring Occupier Driven Changes in Homes
Book chapter, 2017

The chapter reports from a project developing architectural research in connection to a Living Lab. The aim is to create innovative design solutions in order to decrease the environmental loads from material flows over time focusing on occupier driven renovations and alterations to layout, materials and installations of apartments in multi-residential buildings. In a first step, empirical insights from over 300 owner-occupied apartments answers the questions: what changes are made by occupiers, what motivates these changes, and can these changes be linked to different architectural designs? In the continued research the material flows and the environmental impact attributed to these occupier driven renovations and alterations will be estimated giving further indications for more sustainable design of homes.


Material flow

Housing design




Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture

Liane Thuvander

Chalmers, Architecture

Cecilia Holmström

Tengbom Architects

Lina Jonsdotter

Chalmers, Architecture

Madeleine Larsson

Chalmers, Architecture

Living Labs Design and Assessment of Sustainable Living; Keyson, D.V., Guerra-Santin, O., Lockton, D. (Eds.)


Architecture, material flows and embodied energy in housing

Swedish Energy Agency (P39703-1), 2015-01-01 -- 2015-12-31.

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Other Civil Engineering

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)


HSB living lab



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