The voices of vulnerable tenants in renovation
Paper in proceeding, 2022

This paper focuses on the intersection between agendas for housing renovation and social politics for ageing-in-place and social integration of people with psycologial disabilities. The aim is to understand how elderly tenants and people on a longer sick leave are affected by a renovation. In a sample of 79 interviews, 34 tenants decided to permanently relocate as a results of a renovation. When the renovation is a driver for permanent relocation, tenants do so to avoid disturbances and temporal evacuation. If the home is subjet to a comprehensive or deep renovation, rent increases is another reinforcing factor to relocate. While tenants that move prior to a renovation worry about how the renovation will affect their daily life and their economy, tenants that move after the renovation do so because they are dissatisfied with the results of the renovation. The findings calls for awareness for how housing renovation will affect vulnerable tenants and highlights the need for the design or appropriate communication strategies.

tenant perspectives


Energy efficiency

renovation strategies

multi residential housing



Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Elisabeth Punzi

Kaj Granath

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

17551307 (ISSN) 17551315 (eISSN)

Vol. 1078 1 012083

SBE22 Built Environment within Planetary Boundaries
Berlin, ,

Consencus in energy renovation: The tenant in focus

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

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

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

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Architectural Engineering


Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Social Work

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)



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