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Decision-Making on a National Home Improvement Programme in Sweden and Its Effects on the Built Environment, 1984–1993
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Conservation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8275-4425
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Conservation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0870-390x
2019 (English)In: The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, ISSN 1756-7505, E-ISSN 1756-7513, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 106-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following a period of unprecedented building in the 1960s and 1970s, the national government of Sweden decided on a programme to promote renovations, refurbishments and extension of older buildings. The programme (abbreviated R.O.T.) was introduced in 1984 and consisted of loans and subsidies for the modernisation of houses older than 30 years, as well as information to home owners and builders on the benefits of home improvement. The target was to modernise 425,000 homes during the period 1984–1993. The programme stated that ‘the energy-saving measures must be intensified’ and ‘all out-dated and the main part of all inadequate apartments should be rebuilt to mod- ern apartments, or be demolished’. By relating the processes that formed R.O.T. to theories of decision-making, this study contributes to a better understanding of how housing policies may affect historical values in the built environment. The study reveals a conflict of interest between stakeholders. R.O.T. developed ad hoc as discourses shifted between interests. Initially, it was presented as a solution for unemployment in the building sector and a social improvement for the poor and elderly. It was not until the late 1980s that a discussion turned to the consequences for historical values.

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2019. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 106-121
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Decision-making; issue streams; built heritage; energy efficiency; home improvement; Swedish urban planning
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified History
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Conservation (HGO)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-367196DOI: 10.1080/17567505.2019.1549397ISI: 000466888400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-367196DiVA, id: diva2:1266689
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An evaluation of previous policies on energy efficiency in buildings and their effects on energy use and historical values, Sweden 1974–201
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Swedish Energy Agency, 40417-1Available from: 2018-11-29 Created: 2018-11-29 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved

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