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A Legacy of Energy Saving: The Discussion on Heritage Values in the First Programme on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Sweden, c. 1974–1984
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Conservation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0870-390x
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Conservation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2546-0981
2019 (English)In: The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, ISSN 1756-7505, E-ISSN 1756-7513, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 40-57Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
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The paper analyses the ‘energy savings plan for existing buildings’ (EBB) introduced in Sweden after the first oil crisis of 1973, and how effects of policies on the built heritage were perceived and communicated to a wider public. A conflict between conservation aims and energy efficiency was constructed for the first time in Sweden. The programme was a huge investment made by the government to reduce the import of oil. At first, little consideration was taken to the fact that heritage values might be at risk when giving property owners financial incentives to retrofit their houses. Soon increasing knowledge about the existing building stock showed that older houses were not necessarily energy inefficient. An information campaign launched by protagonists of building conservation encouraged property owners to direct measures to the interiors of buildings, thus saving the exterior character of not just single buildings but also complete neighbourhoods. Towards the end of EBB, the field of conservation had become a more articulated voice when it came to influencing measures aiming at increased energy efficiency. Finally, the paper discusses how values constituted in the 1970s affect policy and practice today.

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2019. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 40-57
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Energy, efficiency, policies, conservation, built heritage, values
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History Architecture Energy Systems
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Conservation (HGO)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-363271DOI: 10.1080/17567505.2018.1531646ISI: 000465547800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-363271DiVA, id: diva2:1256106
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An evaluation of previous policies on energy efficiency in buildings and their effects on energy use and historical values, Sweden 1974-2014
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Swedish Energy Agency, 40417-1Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-10-16 Last updated: 2019-05-14Bibliographically approved

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