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Pathways to Zero-Energy Buildings in Sweden

The interdisciplinary team of this project aims at understanding the dynamics of the development and diffusion of nearly-zero energy buildings (ZEB) in Sweden. A further aim is to investigate strategies to improve the usability of low-energy technologies such as heating and ventilation systems, energy-efficient windows and shading systems. Different research steps contribute to this aim: Social science research on discourses about low-energy buildings and controversies about regulatory changes to promote ZEB. Research on the interaction of occupants with ZEB technologies and their integration into everyday life will then draw a differentiated picture of different types and demands of users. A further focus of the project is on improving learning processes and interactions between occupants and other building-related actors such as architects, building companies or suppliers of ventilation systems. Lead-user workshops will be organised to develop ideas and suggestion to improve the usability of ZEB components. Finally, international experiences with making ZEB more user-friendly will be evaluated. The project results will particularly address practitioners in the building sector and will increase the ’social sustainability’ and dissemination of ZEB.


Project duration: 01/02/2014 – 31/01/2017

Funder:  Swedish Energy Agency

Contact person:

Harald Rohracher
+46 13 28 29 75


Further researchers in the project

Wiktoria Glad


Johan Niskanen


Patrik Rohdin



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