Abstract Background: In 1997 the Kyoto Protocol was signed, it’s an international agreement which is aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sweden's goal is to reduce energy using in buildings with 20 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050. This is a comparison with levels from 1995 (Glad, 2006). For Sweden to be able to reach its goals, they need to construct more low-energy buildings (Åhman, Wahlström & Lundblad, 2010). The construction of new houses is in great focus as a result of rising energy prices and an ever more intense environmental and climate debate (Andrén & Tirén, 2010). Of Sweden's energy consumption, it is about 40 percent that goes to build, heat, cool and provide lighting for their homes. In new construction it is possible to build houses with good technology which is also an unknown energy situation in the future. Passive houses have been introduced as a solution to this problem. Passive houses are compact and highly isolated which mean there is no heat sources needed.
The objective: We want to describe the factors affecting the choices of building standard, we will also try to create an understanding for how consumers look at the passive house concept. Our essay will clarify the differences between passive and conventional properties. Our issue is to find out:” Why do so few built apartments with passive house standard in Sweden?"
Method: For us to be able to achieve the purpose of this assay we have chosen to use a qualitative based study on a case study of two real estate companies. We decided to have open individual interviews and also different economic and financial models. To limit ourselves we have decided to focus on the essays problem, based on the property market in the region of southern Sweden.
Results and conclusions: Why are we not building so many condominiums to passive houses today? The main affect is; construction companies have a short-term thinking, the money plays a big role and most of all there is no demand from the costumers regarding apartment being built to passive houses.
2011. , 57 p.