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Conference Paper: The life and death of a sustainable housing concept? The trajectory of passive houses in Denmark as part of the zero carbon transition

TitleThe life and death of a sustainable housing concept? The trajectory of passive houses in Denmark as part of the zero carbon transition
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherBirmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University.
Citation
The Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, W065, W089, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 AND TG84, Montreal, Canada, 26 – 29 June 2012. In Management of Construction: Research to Practice (MCRP) Conference Proceedings, 2012, v. 2, p. 977-988 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper makes an exploratory analysis of the diffusion of passive houses in Denmark using transition theory. Strategic niche management and technological innovation system approaches are combined to provide a framework that allows for multiple dynamics i.e. social forces enabling or constraining changes, especially niche developments and the role of legitimacy. The passive house niche analysis shows a slow process, barriers of cost and technology and limited adoption in Denmark; roughly 18 projects over the last six years, and a slow descent over 2011-2012. The concept has early moral legitimacy, but the further development of legitimacy fails as costs and indoor climate makes the cognitive legitimacy contested. The passive house concept competes with other sustainable building niches, they are all small and they appear to have been introduced successively over time. Finally there are a tendency of segmentation of villas, small buildings and office buildings respectively. Sustainable building exhibits a particularly active role for government policymaking, or in transition theory terms “regime internal” dynamics. These combined dynamics between sustainable housing niches, the regime internal dynamic and globalisation as well as EUregulation are counter to transition theory assumptions dominated by the EU- initiatives. The analysis moreover leads to the view that sustainable housing concepts are only viable in time windows, and that the contribution of the passive house trajectory was a stepping stone towards low carbon housing.
DescriptionConference Theme: Research to Practice
Session: Design and Innovation for Sustainability
The Conference Proceedings can be viewed at: http://mcrp2012.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/60797844/MCRP%20Proceedings%20Volume%202.pdf
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/185211
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dc.contributor.authorKoch, Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorBuser, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorLeiringer, RTFen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-15T10:43:22Z-
dc.date.available2013-07-15T10:43:22Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, W065, W089, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 AND TG84, Montreal, Canada, 26 – 29 June 2012. In Management of Construction: Research to Practice (MCRP) Conference Proceedings, 2012, v. 2, p. 977-988en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9782981335517-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/185211-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Research to Practice-
dc.descriptionSession: Design and Innovation for Sustainability-
dc.descriptionThe Conference Proceedings can be viewed at: http://mcrp2012.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/60797844/MCRP%20Proceedings%20Volume%202.pdf-
dc.description.abstractThis paper makes an exploratory analysis of the diffusion of passive houses in Denmark using transition theory. Strategic niche management and technological innovation system approaches are combined to provide a framework that allows for multiple dynamics i.e. social forces enabling or constraining changes, especially niche developments and the role of legitimacy. The passive house niche analysis shows a slow process, barriers of cost and technology and limited adoption in Denmark; roughly 18 projects over the last six years, and a slow descent over 2011-2012. The concept has early moral legitimacy, but the further development of legitimacy fails as costs and indoor climate makes the cognitive legitimacy contested. The passive house concept competes with other sustainable building niches, they are all small and they appear to have been introduced successively over time. Finally there are a tendency of segmentation of villas, small buildings and office buildings respectively. Sustainable building exhibits a particularly active role for government policymaking, or in transition theory terms “regime internal” dynamics. These combined dynamics between sustainable housing niches, the regime internal dynamic and globalisation as well as EUregulation are counter to transition theory assumptions dominated by the EU- initiatives. The analysis moreover leads to the view that sustainable housing concepts are only viable in time windows, and that the contribution of the passive house trajectory was a stepping stone towards low carbon housing.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBirmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University.-
dc.relation.ispartofManagement of Construction: Research to Practice (MCRP) Conference Proceedingsen_US
dc.titleThe life and death of a sustainable housing concept? The trajectory of passive houses in Denmark as part of the zero carbon transitionen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLeiringer, RTF: roine.leiringer@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLeiringer, RTF=rp01592en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros215253en_US
dc.identifier.volume2-
dc.identifier.spage977en_US
dc.identifier.epage988en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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