Living in multi-family nZEB buildings – End-users’ perspective on challenges and doubts

Author(s): Marjana Šijanec Zavrl, Marko Jaćimović
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: International Conference on Sustainable Materials, Systems and Structures (SMSS 2019) Energy Efficient Building Design and Legislation
Editor(s): Marina Bagarić, Ivana Banjad Pečur, Hartwig M. Künzel
ISBN: 978-2-35158-217-6
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-218-3
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 213-220
Total Pages: 08
Language: English

Abstract: The paper presents the findings on end-users' experiences and expectations about living in NZEB multi-family buildings. The analysis was done in four European countries (Slovenia, Italy, Denmark and Germany) as part of H2020 CoNZEBs project on cost reduction of NZEBs (2017-2019). A survey that covered end-users living or thinking about living in multi-family buildings was supported by housing organizations in the respective countries. Significant differences among apartment building sectors in countries were identified. Targeted end-users were living (as tenants or as owners) in either ordinary buildings or advanced, high-energy performance buildings such as NZEBs, that will become mandatory after 2020, according to EU legislation (Directive 2010/31/EU). In the investigation, the following topics were addressed: the level of end-user’s understanding of the NZEB concept, the source of information on NZEB and the quality of the information from the end-users’ perspective, the importance of various apartment features for the end-users, opinion on technologies that most significantly characterize NZEBs, and decision triggers for living in NZEB. Finally, also concerns, doubts and eventual fears about living in NZEBs and other high-energy efficient buildings were studied in order to provide a tailored information for future end-users and to increase the demand for NZEB and beyond NZEB buildings and improve their acceptability.

Online publication: 2019
Publication type : full_text
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