A multi-criteria decision support method towards selecting feasible and sustainable housing renovation strategies
Journal article, 2021

This research presents a decision support method for housing managers to identify the most appropriate renovation strategy, which combines a multi-criteria assessment of ten renovation factors together with an economic feasibility analysis. In contrast to the majority of decision support systems, this method not only assesses the impact of the renovation proposals, but also includes and evaluates the management of the renovation process through a procedure of quantifying and weighting multiple social, technical, and economic variables related to the renovation work. The method, based on two representative cases of housing renovation projects in Sweden, has been designed and tested and is also applicable to other locations, multi-family buildings, and ownership models. Via a graphical display, the results show the impact generated during the work, the benefits obtained after the interventions, and the economic feasibility in different timeframes of each design strategy, which supports housing owners’ decision-making and promotes feasible and suitable actions from a multidisciplinary approach. The conclusions highlight the possibility of implementing renovation strategies at various levels and provide policy implications of this method for a cleaner operation in the building sector with responsible management of urban regeneration by generating sustainable renovation rates and satisfactory proposals.


Renovation strategies

Housing owners

Decision support method

Building renovation

Multi-criteria assessment


Antonio Serrano-Jiménez

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Liane Thuvander

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Angela Barrios-Padura

University of Seville

Journal of Cleaner Production

0959-6526 (ISSN)

Vol. 278 123588

Consencus in energy renovation: The tenant in focus

Swedish Energy Agency (49592-1), 2019-11-13 -- 2020-06-30.

Centre for Management of the Built Environment (CMB), 2019-11-13 -- 2020-06-30.

Framtiden, 2019-11-13 -- 2022-06-30.

National Transdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Integrated Sustainable Renovation (SIRen)

Formas (2013-1804), 2014-01-01 -- 2019-12-31.

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Energy Systems

Environmental Sciences



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