The Implementation of Conservation Policy and the Application of Solar Energy Technology in Small House Areas: Stockholm, Sweden
Journal article, 2022

This paper investigates the dynamic between protection of the historic environment and the application of solar energy technology on 1- or 2-family houses in Sweden. More specifically, the building code relating to the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels on house roofs and how existing policies are implemented in Stockholm City is investigated in order to better understand the challenges in reconciling renewables and the conservation of built heritage. Especially when applied in urban areas PV panels may have a large impact on socio-cultural values, making them difficult to insta where the historic environment is to be protected from large changes. By using a mix of methods (policy analysis, case studies, and interviews) we come to the conclusion that municipalities should develop routines and guidelines that offer homeowners precise information on the potential of solar energy and requirements motivated by concern for the historic environment. Guidelines that are well-known, clear and also require homeowners to dismount exhausted panels could work both to protect built heritage and to promote more use of solar energy in some small house areas.

urban planning

solar energy


solar cells

residential architecture





Mattias Legnér

Uppsala University

Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Historic Environment: Policy and Practice

1756-7505 (ISSN) 1756-7513 (eISSN)

Vol. In Press

Energy efficiency and cultural values in housing. How well do the policies function on the local level?

Swedish Energy Agency, 2020-01-01 -- 2023-12-31.

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Art History

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)



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