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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1349-1365; doi:10.3390/su1041349

Incentives for Improving Energy Efficiency When Renovating Large-Scale Housing Estates: A Case Study of the Swedish Million Homes Programme

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Division of Building & Real Estate Economics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Division of Urban & Regional Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Received: 4 November 2009 / Accepted: 9 December 2009 / Published: 16 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Sustainability and the Built Environment)
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Sweden has adopted ambitious energy savings objectives for buildings, but at the current rate of energy efficiency investments the objectives are unlikely to be reached. In this article we report the early findings of how real estate owners reason and act in energy efficiency investment decisions. Based on the results from interviews with the real estate companies, the companies have been divided into four ideal types that illuminate the differences in energy efficiency ambition and strategies; the Strict Profit Maximizing Company, the Little Extra Company, the Policy Led Ambitious Company and the Administration Led Ambitious Company. The different strategies will determine how the companies respond to incentives to invest in energy efficiency, and affect the overall result in the energy efficiency work. The ideal types hence are important to have in mind when designing policies to increase energy efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy efficiency in buildings; sustainable renovation; incentives for energy efficiency; ideal types energy efficiency in buildings; sustainable renovation; incentives for energy efficiency; ideal types
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Högberg, L.; Lind, H.; Grange, K. Incentives for Improving Energy Efficiency When Renovating Large-Scale Housing Estates: A Case Study of the Swedish Million Homes Programme. Sustainability 2009, 1, 1349-1365.

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