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Sustainable Building Renovation in Residential Buildings: Barriers and Potential Motivations in Norwegian Culture

Jowkar, Mina; Temeljotov-Salajb, Alenka; Margaret Lindkvist, Carmel; Støre-Valen, Marit


Alenka Temeljotov-Salajb

Carmel Margaret Lindkvist

Marit Støre-Valen


Retrofit of existing housing increases the possibility of meeting Sustainable Development Goals. Improving quality of life, minimising energy consumption and increasing productivity in buildings process with the aim of affordable housing (social, environmental, and economic sustainability) set new demands for renovation amongst residential housing in Norway. Most studies to date emphasised on mitigation of CO2 emissions in building sector through building renovations. However, recent studies started evaluating why such renovation plans may not be considered by property owners. This study investigates potential barriers and motivations for Sustainable Building Renovations (SBR) from house-owners’ perspective and discusses the role of urban Facility Management (FM) in promoting SBR. Results from a questionnaire survey with 341 citizens in Trondheim city, Norway, confirm economic issues as the main barrier for SBR with respondents suggesting different forms of financial support to resolve these barriers. Social engagement of citizens with public/private partners and neighbours illustrates the collective motivation for SBR. This requires an intermediary role like urban FM engaging citizens to co-create their needs in urban areas with public/private sectors. The output of this study helps to promote urban FM engaging with SBR targets through renovation of neighbourhoods.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 6, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 11, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Feb 22, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2022
Print ISSN 0144-6193
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 3
Pages 161-172
Keywords Sustainable building renovation, urban facility management, social engagement, neighbourhood, energy wastage
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