What does energy mean for people? Perspectives on renovation and energy retrofit among Swedish tenants
Paper in proceeding, 2020

The study reports from an on-going study of tenants’ view on energy retrofit. The first results, which are based on 27 qualitative interviews show a generally positive attitude to energy saving and environmental protection. However, many tenants are not familiar with the link between energy use and energy retrofit, and the idea of energy saving might oppose to the actual willingness to contribute. One important lesson from these preliminary results is that the project owners have overlooked the importance of informing the tenants about the energy retrofit and what measures that are implemented. This leaves the tenants to their own interpretation of the matter and in some examples a negative image is created. In order to transition from the idea of personal benefit from energy retrofit to a larger responsibility and willingness to participate to society at large, we suggest that tenants are invited to discuss energy retrofit and that they are properly informed about implemented energy saving measures.

user experiences

energy renovation




Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Alexander Knutsson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Lina Jonsdotter

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

17551307 (ISSN) 17551315 (eISSN)

Vol. 588 5 052066

World Sustainable Built Environment - Beyond 2020, WSBE 2020
Göteborg, Sweden,

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.

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Environmental Management

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)




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