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The energy renovation journey

The energy renovation journey The reduction of energy use in existing buildings through energy renovations is required to reach the energy efficiency goals in Denmark. To facilitate the adoption of technologies for extensive energy renovations, there is a need to understand how these take place and what influences the process. In this paper, we open the `black box' of what actually happens when actors engage in the adoption of energy renovation technologies and the necessity of trust between the actors. In the case study of an energy renovation project of hotel facilities, we analyse the journey from having the intention to implement extensive energy renovation measures to actually implementing a solution. For extensive energy renovations, the process is not associated with a radical technological development. It is complex owing to the number of actors involved and the complexity in the socio-technical interactions between them. Keywords: innovation; process; energy renovation; energy efficiency; adoption. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Mosgaard, M. and Maneschi, D. (2016) `The energy renovation journey', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.177­197. Biographical notes: Mette Mosgaard has a PhD in Life Cycle Management from Aalborg University from 2007. She holds a Diploma http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

The energy renovation journey


The reduction of energy use in existing buildings through energy renovations is required to reach the energy efficiency goals in Denmark. To facilitate the adoption of technologies for extensive energy renovations, there is a need to understand how these take place and what influences the process. In this paper, we open the `black box' of what actually happens when actors engage in the adoption of energy renovation technologies and the necessity of trust between the actors. In the case study of an energy renovation project of hotel facilities, we analyse the journey from having the intention to implement extensive energy renovation measures to actually implementing a solution. For extensive energy renovations, the process is not associated with a radical technological development. It is complex owing to the number of actors involved and the complexity in the socio-technical interactions between them. Keywords: innovation; process; energy renovation; energy efficiency; adoption. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Mosgaard, M. and Maneschi, D. (2016) `The energy renovation journey', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.177­197. Biographical notes: Mette Mosgaard has a PhD in Life Cycle Management from Aalborg University from 2007. She holds a Diploma in Master of Science in Engineering specialised in Environmental Management from 2002. She is currently an Associate Professor in Environmental Management at Aalborg University, Department of Development and Planning, Denmark, in the research group of sustainability, innovation and policy. Her research deals with corporate sustainability management with a special focus on supply chain collaboration, sustainable buildings and actors in eco-innovation processes. Davide Maneschi holds a Diploma in Master degree in Environmental Management and Policy from 2009. He is currently PhD-fellow with focus on sustainability in the building sector at Aalborg University,...
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Inderscience Publishers
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Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1740-8822
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1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2016.075548
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Abstract

The reduction of energy use in existing buildings through energy renovations is required to reach the energy efficiency goals in Denmark. To facilitate the adoption of technologies for extensive energy renovations, there is a need to understand how these take place and what influences the process. In this paper, we open the `black box' of what actually happens when actors engage in the adoption of energy renovation technologies and the necessity of trust between the actors. In the case study of an energy renovation project of hotel facilities, we analyse the journey from having the intention to implement extensive energy renovation measures to actually implementing a solution. For extensive energy renovations, the process is not associated with a radical technological development. It is complex owing to the number of actors involved and the complexity in the socio-technical interactions between them. Keywords: innovation; process; energy renovation; energy efficiency; adoption. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Mosgaard, M. and Maneschi, D. (2016) `The energy renovation journey', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.177­197. Biographical notes: Mette Mosgaard has a PhD in Life Cycle Management from Aalborg University from 2007. She holds a Diploma

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International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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