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Adoption of energy efficiency measures in Swedish detatched houses
Mittuniversitetet, Östersund.
Mittuniversitetet, Östersund.
Mittuniversitetet, Östersund.
2009 (English)In: International Scientific Conference on Energy systems with IT,  March 11-12, in connection with 'Energitiget 2009', Stockholm, Sweden, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper focuses on Swedish homeowners’ need for and perceptions about adopting building envelop energy efficiency measures such as improved windows and attic and wall insulation. The results of a questionnaire surveying 3000 randomly selected homeowners during the summer of 2008 revealed that about 70-90% of the respondents had no intention of implementing such a measure over the next 10 years. The main reasons for non-adoption were that homeowners were satisfied with the physical condition, thermal performance, and aesthetics of their existing installations. A greater proportion of respondents perceived that improving attic insulation has more advantages than other measures, but windows were more likely to be installed than attic insulation was to be improved. Respondents gave high priority to economic factors in deciding on an energy efficiency measure, while environmental aspects were given lower priority. Hence, economic incentives could be useful in promoting the adoption of building envelope energy efficiency measures. Interpersonal sources, construction companies/installers, and energy advisers were important sources of information for homeowners as they planned to install energy efficiency measures.

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Energy efficiency, building envelop components, homeowners, Sweden
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Energy Systems Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Other Environmental Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83863OAI: diva2:677838
International Scientific Conference on Energy systems with IT, Stockholm, March 11-12, 2009
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2014-06-11

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