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Towards Sustainable Renovation: Three Research Projects

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The focus of this dissertation is on existing housingareas: in industrialized western countries, thenumber of existing buildings that are taken care of,renovated or restructured for other functions ishigher than the number of new buildings. This is a review dissertation, based on empiricalmaterial and further reflections from previousresearch projects dealing with Swedish housingrenovation: from old single-family housing areas tolarge housing areas from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.The concepts of careful renovation,environmentally-friendly renovation and sustainablerenovation are analyzed as different approaches tohousing renovation. The aim is to present aninterpretation of sustainable renovation thatincludes the goals both of careful renovation and ofenvironmentally-friendly renovation as necessarycomponents of sustainable development.This dissertation identifies and analyses the mainissues that may be faced during renovation and thathave a relevant impact on the environment, thearchitecture or the inhabitants.It concludes with reflections about positive results,incongruities and challenges that may be found inprojects of sustainable renovation.

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