Sustainability assessment of renovation packages for increased energy efficiency for multi-family buildings in Sweden
2012 (English)In: Building and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, E-ISSN 1873-684X, Vol. 61, 140-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, we propose a method for assessing renovation packages drawn up with the goal of increasing energy efficiency. The method includes calculation of bought energy demand, life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis and assessment of the building according to the Swedish environmental rating tool Miljöbyggnad (MB). In this way the methodology assesses economic, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and specifically environmental aspects associated with energy demand of such packages from a sustainability point-of-view. Through MB, energy efficiency packages are placed in context with other necessary measures required to improve environmental performance in buildings, providing a consistent and systematic basis other than simply financial performance by which to compare capital improvements. The method is further explained and analyzed by applying it in three case studies. In each case study a multi-family building representing a typologically significant class in the Swedish building stock is considered, and for each building a base case and two renovation packages with higher initial investment requirement and higher energy efficiency are defined. It is shown that higher efficiency packages can impact IEQ indicators both positively and negatively and that packages reducing energy demand by approx. 50% have somewhat higher LCC. Identified positive IEQ impacts point to added value for packages that may not otherwise be communicated, while negative impacts identify areas where packages need to be improved, or where MB indicators may be referred to as specifications in procurement procedures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 61, 140-148 p.
Buildings, Sustainability, Environmental Rating Tools, Life-cycle costing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105422DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2012.11.019ISI: 000315754600013ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84872812419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105422DiVA: diva2:571014
QC 20130215. Updated from In press to published.2012-11-212012-11-212014-02-27Bibliographically approved