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Unveiling the process of sustainable renovation

Thuvander, Liane ; Femenías, Paula ; Mjörnell, Kristina LU and Meiling , Pär (2012) In Sustainability 4(6). p.1188-1213
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... (More)
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 (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Thuvander, L, Femenias, P, Mjörnell, K, Meiling, P, Unveiling the process of sustainable renovation. Published in open access journal Sustainability 2012, 4(6), in May 2012.
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  pages        = {1188--1213},
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  series       = {Sustainability},
  title        = {Unveiling the process of sustainable renovation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su4061188},
  doi          = {10.3390/su4061188},
  volume       = {4},
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