Working Paper Series, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management & Centre for Banking and Finance (cefin), Royal Institute of Technology
Organization of Laundry Facilities and Energy-Use in Owner-Occupied Multi-Family Buildings
() and Lovisa Högberg
Abstract: How we plan and produce buildings today will influence our
energy consumption in the future. The aim of this paper is to explore how
organization of laundry facilities in owneroccupied multi-family buildings
in Sweden has developed since the 1990s and draw attention to the impact
this may have on energy consumption for laundry purposes. A risk analysis
inspired approach analogous to probabilistic risk assessment was adopted to
assess the potential impact of changed building practices. The paper shows
that developers should take laundry facility organization into
consideration when designing multi-family buildings in order to optimize
the use of space and resources given user demand and building requirements.
The findings imply that changed building practices do not necessarily
increase energy consumption during the usage phase. This paper is
exploratory in nature and indicates a shift in building practices which up
until now has been undocumented in a research context.
Keywords: Construction Industry; New Construction; Energy Efficiency; Laundry; Building practice; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: L74; O13; R31; (follow links to similar papers)
26 pages, November 27, 2013
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Borg, Lena and Lovisa Högberg, (2014), 'Organization of Laundry Facilities and Energy-Use in Owner-Occupied Multi-Family Buildings', Sustainability, Vol. 6, June, No. 6, pages 3843-3860
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