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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 388; doi:10.3390/su8040388

Sustainable Renovation Strategy in the Swedish Million Homes Programme: A Case Study

School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Received: 3 February 2016 / Revised: 24 March 2016 / Accepted: 14 April 2016 / Published: 20 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Sweden has a large multifamily housing stock that was built between 1960 and 1975. An important current issue is how this stock can be renovated in a sustainable way. The article analyses a strategy used by a suburban municipal housing company that had clear social ambitions and offered the tenants three options of renovation: Mini, Midi and Maxi. Most tenants chose the Mini alternative which meant that they could afford to stay and that there was no increase in costs for the social authorities. An investment analysis showed that the Mini alternative had a positive net present value, but that the Midi and Maxi alternatives were more profitable. Even though there was no clear environmental focus in the renovation, energy use was reduced by 8%. As a conclusion, the study shows that a sustainable renovation is possible but that there are a number of conflicts between the different dimensions of sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: affordability; housing renovation; sustainable renovation; million homes programme; Sweden affordability; housing renovation; sustainable renovation; million homes programme; Sweden
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Lind, H.; Annadotter, K.; Björk, F.; Högberg, L.; Af Klintberg, T. Sustainable Renovation Strategy in the Swedish Million Homes Programme: A Case Study. Sustainability 2016, 8, 388.

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