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Unveiling the Process of Sustainable Renovation

Journal article
Authors Liane Thuvander
Paula Femenias
Kristina Norling Mjörnell
Pär Meiling
Published in Sustainability
Volume 4
Issue 6
Pages 1188-1213
ISSN 2071-1050
Publication year 2012
Published at
Pages 1188-1213
Language en
Keywords building assessment, tools and methodologies, decision-making support, sustainable renovation
Subject categories Civil Engineering, Building Technologies, Cultural Studies

Abstract

Renovation processes are complex and there is a risk of underestimating architectural, cultural, and social values in favor of exterior and interior upgrading, energy efficiency and financing. A synthesized, systematic process is needed for making decisions about renovation measures. The aim of this paper is to survey decision-making procedures aimed for sustainable renovation. We inventory existing tools and methodologies based on (a) a literature review and (b) results from a workshop with participants from the Swedish buildings sector, academia, and other stakeholders. Our results show that there are many tools available but few seem to have reached acceptance in renovation. None of the more established methods and tools addresses a complexity that balances material and immaterial values and they are often too specific. There is a need for simplified tools, especially for evaluating more intangible, experienced values. Instead of one comprehensive tool preferably a methodology for renovation should be developed with references to different tools. In the building sector, renovation should be considered a service-minded process rather than a merely technical one as often is the case in new construction. There is a need to clarify the process and the meaning of the terms, and that need is even more urgent when it comes to the values that are more difficult to define.

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