Low-energy buildings on mainstream market terms: A study of a municipal translation process

Maj-Britt Quitzau, Morten Elle, Birgitte Hoffmann, Jens Stissing Jensen

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    This paper looks into the challenge of actually implementing energy efficient technologies and concepts in mainstream new build. The aim of the paper is to point out some of the provisos of promoting low-energy buildings on mainstream market terms, emphasising the need to understand forces working against implementation of low-energy buildings. The study is based on actor-network theory, emphasising the relations and struggles that form the basis for pushing for low-energy buildings. The paper is based on a case study of the proactive attempt of a Danish municipality to force through an actual implementation of strict energy performance requirements in mainstream building. The paper describes how the municipality of Egedal experienced a collapse in regulation for low-energy buildings and what struggles it had to take on in order to convince the mainstream building industry and their customers to implement energy efficient technologies and concepts in the municipal urban development project. In conclusion, the paper underlines that even incremental steps towards more energy efficient buildings require setting up of the appropriate frames, establishing the necessary network, mediating actors to enrol and support innovative thinking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLow Carbon Urban Built Environments Conference
    Number of pages370
    Place of PublicationMünchen
    PublisherUniversität der Bundeswehr München
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventLow Carbon Built Environments Conference - Neubiberg (München)
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


    ConferenceLow Carbon Built Environments Conference
    CityNeubiberg (München)
    Period01/01/2008 → …


    • Cost 23
    • Building regulation
    • Low-energy housing


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