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Physical vs. Aesthetic Renovations: Learning from Swedish House Owners
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2837-0137
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7143-8198
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4405-1056
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0189-474x
2019 (English)In: Buildings, ISSN 2075-5309, E-ISSN 2075-5309, Vol. 9, no 1, article id 12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we identify the socio-economic attributes and attitudes that have influencedhouse owners in renovating their homes in the past. Our study is based on responses to an onlinequestionnaire survey of 971 house owners living in Kronoberg County in Sweden. Results showedthat the interest and willingness of the house owners to perform a renovation varied dependingon their demographic background and the age of the house. The latter positively affected pastrenovations, only when combined with the residence time. Furthermore, the age of house ownersstrongly and positively affected the probability of performing aesthetic type of renovations, becauseof a long time of residence in the house. Younger, town living, and highly educated house ownersseem to be more concerned regarding saving energy, which motivated them to perform physicalrenovations on their house. Our results also suggest that income, level of education, and place ofresidence have an effect on renovation decisions only through their effect on the energy concern ofhouse owners, and a varied effect on renovation decisions, when combined with the time of residencein the house.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 9, no 1, article id 12
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house owners, renovations, physical renovations, aesthetic renovations, decision-making
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Energy Systems Environmental Management
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Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Sustainable Built Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79411DOI: 10.3390/buildings9010012ISI: 000457159600017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059532629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79411DiVA, id: diva2:1277253
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The Kamprad Family FoundationAvailable from: 2019-01-09 Created: 2019-01-09 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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