Energy efficiency in the built environment – new research and innovation program initiated
Buildings and the residential sector currently account for 40 percent of Sweden's energy consumption. There is a demand for more knowledge and tools to make buildings more energy-efficient and how consumer choices, decisions and lifestyles affect energy use.
The Swedish Energy Agency highlights the construction and building sector as a strategic priority area for research and innovation in the coming years and allocates 20 million SEK for a new research and innovation program.
Buildings have a long life-span and therefore energy efficiency is important for houses being built now and will be used for decades to come
– But perhaps the biggest challenge is to make the existing building stock become more energy efficient and here we need more research and innovation, says Jörgen Sjödin, Program Manager at the Energy technology department, Swedish Energy Agency.
The evaluations of previous research programs also show that there is great need for research that helps us understand residents’ choices and habits related to energy use.
- We are already planning for a larger collaboration program with the industry in this field. Therefore, additional funds will be added to the field and a number of call for proposals in the near future, says Birgitta Palmberger, head of the Energy technology department, Swedish Energy Agency.