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Swedish House Owners’ Intentions Towards Renovations: Is there a Market for One-Stop-Shop?

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Built Environment & Energy Technology, Linnaeus University, 35195 Växjö, Sweden
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Social Studies/Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications, Linnaeus University, 35195 Växjö, Sweden
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Buildings 2019, 9(7), 164; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9070164
Received: 11 June 2019 / Revised: 1 July 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 8 July 2019
In this paper, we examine factors affecting owners’ intention for renovation of their detached houses. Furthermore, we analyze their interest in choosing a one-stop-shop (OSS) service for the renovation, even though such a concept is not yet established in Sweden, but emerging in other parts of Europe. Our study is based on responses to an online questionnaire survey of 971 house owners residing in Kronoberg Region in Sweden. About 76% of the respondents intend to renovate in the near future, with approximately 71% of them preferring to renovate individual components of their dwelling and 5% to renovate their whole house in steps. House owners of younger age, higher income, higher education, and those with an interest for environmental issues, were the ones most interested in physical renovations, which improves energy efficiency of the building. For those house owners, one-stop-shop can facilitate the decision-making process, and help them to choose those measures that will improve their quality of life. Approximately 20% of the respondents had a positive view towards an one-stop-shop, which is an indicator that market for such a service exists. Parameters such as quality of work, cost and energy savings and specification of measures to be adopted are the key for the promotion of one-stop-shop. Additionally, house owners want to have a certain level of involvement in the selection of actors performing the renovation. Moreover, financial incentives, e.g., loans, do not play a significant role for the selection of one-stop-shop, but act as complementary motive for house owners. View Full-Text
Keywords: house owners; detached house; renovation; retrofit; energy efficiency; one-stop-shop house owners; detached house; renovation; retrofit; energy efficiency; one-stop-shop
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Pardalis, G.; Mahapatra, K.; Bravo, G.; Mainali, B. Swedish House Owners’ Intentions Towards Renovations: Is there a Market for One-Stop-Shop? Buildings 2019, 9, 164.

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