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Lane, A.-L., Cehlin, M. & Thollander, P. (2024). Success Factors and Barriers for Facility Management in Keeping Nearly-Zero-Energy Non-Residential Buildings Energy-Efficient over Time. Buildings, 14(1), Article ID 242.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Success Factors and Barriers for Facility Management in Keeping Nearly-Zero-Energy Non-Residential Buildings Energy-Efficient over Time
2024 (English)In: Buildings, E-ISSN 2075-5309, Vol. 14, no 1, article id 242Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of climate change mitigation. For buildings, facility management is an essential part of achieving efficient energy use while keeping tenants satisfied. This interview study explores success factors and barriers for facility management in maintaining energy efficiency over time in four approximately 10-year-old non-residential premises built as so-called nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB) in Sweden. The study highlights the importance of functional digital tools, benchmarks, and building professionals’ involvement in ensuring energy efficiency. It also emphasizes the need for involvement communication and strategies to engage facility management in energy efficiency efforts. The study suggests that in-house and public policies can play a crucial role in sustaining high ambitions for energy efficiency. Access to professional support that is self-evident to use is identified as a critical success factor. Additionally, the research presents an analytic model that can be used in future studies to assess facility management organizations’ potential for maintaining energy performance in buildings over time. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), 2024
Keywords
building energy management, energy efficiency, facility management, interview study, nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB), non-residential buildings, Climate change, Digital devices, Energy utilization, Housing, Office buildings, Zero energy buildings, Building energy managements, Energy efficient, Facilities management, Nearly zero-energy building, Non-residential building, Residential building, Residential building energies, Success factors, Zero energies
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-71992 (URN)10.3390/buildings14010242 (DOI)2-s2.0-85183402234 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 50407-1Knowledge Foundation, 20150133
Note

This study was founded by the Swedish Energy Agency within the research program E2B2 (project number 50407-1). The work was carried out under the auspices of the PhD school Reesbe, which is financed by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen, project number 20150133).

Available from: 2024-02-22 Created: 2024-02-22 Last updated: 2024-02-22Bibliographically approved
Janhäll, S., Lööf, J. & Lane, A.-L. (2023). Normkritik och samarbeten inom fastighetsautomation.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Normkritik och samarbeten inom fastighetsautomation
2023 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Norms, gender and collaboration in proptech Here, an engineering approach to norm criticism is used to study a male-dominated interdisciplinary digitization project in the area of prop tech. In property automation (prop tech) the participants are in principle exclusively men, and thus the platforms and program development that will be the basis for all prop tech development are coded in a male context. There are also major challenges, as in most interdisciplinary groups, where the balance of power is often skewed through different norms. The project has mainly addressed challenges due to the interdisciplinary groups, while the gender perspective has been given less focus. The focus on norms has been assigned a full work package, with a similar budget as the other work packages focused on other areas and the norm work package has interacted very closely with all parts of the project, including the more technical ones. In this way, the norm critics has created a platform of its own in the project, based on how a norm critical analysis could be offered to help other work packages in their tasks. Based on the work on norms; discussions, workshops and surveys have been supplemented with interviews, in close collaboration with other work packages. Through the norm-critical analysis, different groups, both within the project and in the industry around prop tech, have been identified. Differences between these groups relate to understanding of different types of technology, priorities, communication and balance of power. Norm criticism has been a way of supporting the entire project in both the expansion of business models and interaction between the various scientific areas that are part of the project. The norm criticism has been well received by the project group and many are aware that the industry is facing a change that requires new ways of thinking, new business models and new collaboration models. There is a new awareness in both the conversations within the project and the surveys and interviews based on the understanded need to see multiple perspectives. This awareness has also been used to broaden the business model. The understanding that it is more difficult to see the order of power for those who belong to the prioritized group has also increased. At the same time, we see a large effect of personal, or corporate, interest in norm criticism, which strongly influences how respondents react to the questions about norm criticism. The project shows that the method of using norm criticism in collaborative processes between different groups has been successful.

Publisher
p. 27
Series
RISE Rapport ; 2023:147
Keywords
Gender, norms, cooperation, proptech, normkritik, samarbete, fastighetsautomation
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-68768 (URN)978-91-89896-37-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-04 Created: 2024-01-04 Last updated: 2024-01-04Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, C., Carolina, H. & Lane, A.-L. (2019). Active, passive, non-existing or conditional?: Social relations shaping energy use at workplaces. Energy Research & Social Science, 51, 148-155
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Active, passive, non-existing or conditional?: Social relations shaping energy use at workplaces
2019 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 51, p. 148-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Energy efficiency concerns the entire workplace and a cooperative approach is important for achieving ambitious energy reduction targets. Despite this, many organisations still mainly regard energy efficiency as a technical issue involving just a few specialists. A focus on the social relations and processes that shape work on energy issues is lacking. The aim of this paper is to illuminate and explore social relations between the staff driving energy issues and their co-workers. The analysis presented is based upon two features shaping their mutual engagement for reducing energy use: the communication strategy on energy issues undertaken by the workplace and the support for energy efficiency and conservation among the staff. The study provides insights gained from an interview study done in a Swedish organisation as well as from social science research in the field. The result is a conceptual framework that describes four relationships between the drivers of change and their co-workers. These relationships are characterized as active, passive, non-existing and conditional engagement in energy efficiency and conservation. The framework can be used as a tool for identifying social constraints and possibilities for reducing the use of energy at workplaces as well as in other contexts.

Keywords
Energy conservation, Energy efficiency, Social potential, Social relations, Workplace
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-37748 (URN)10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.014 (DOI)2-s2.0-85060531982 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding details: Alternatives Research and Development Foundation, ARDF; Funding details: Göteborg Energi; Funding text 1: This research is part of the project, ‘Communication strategies for sustainable energy use in buildings’, funded by the Swedish company Göteborg Energi , through their foundation for research and development. We would like to thank the participants in the interview study

Available from: 2019-02-11 Created: 2019-02-11 Last updated: 2023-05-19Bibliographically approved
Lane, A.-L., Boork, M. & Thollander, P. (2019). Barriers, driving forces and non-energy benefits for battery storage in photovoltaic (PV) systems in modern agriculture. Energies, 12(18), Article ID 3568.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barriers, driving forces and non-energy benefits for battery storage in photovoltaic (PV) systems in modern agriculture
2019 (English)In: Energies, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 12, no 18, article id 3568Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Battery storage has been highlighted as one way to increase the share of renewables in energy systems. The use of local battery storage is also beneficial when reducing power variations in the grid, thereby contributing to more robust and cost-effective energy systems. The purpose of this paper is to investigate barriers, drivers and non-energy benefits (NEB) for investments in battery storage in photovoltaic systems (PV) in the context of farmers with PV systems in Sweden. The study is based on a questionnaire about barriers, driving forces and NEB for investment in battery storage connected to PV. The questionnaire was sent to farmers in Sweden who already have photovoltaics installed and about 100 persons answered, a response rate of 59%. The major barriers found are related to the technical and economic risks of investing in battery storage. One of the main conclusions is that the highest-ranked driver, i.e., to use a larger part of the produced electricity oneself, turns out to be the highest priority for the grid-owner seeking to reduce the need for extensive investments in the grid. The primary NEBs found were the possibility of becoming independent from grid electricity. © 2019 by the authors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI AG, 2019
Keywords
Barriers, Battery storage, Drivers, Energy efficiency, Photovoltaics (PV), agriculture, Renewable energy, Agriculture, Cost effectiveness, Electric batteries, Electric power transmission networks, Investments, Photovoltaic cells, Renewable energy resources, Surveys, Truck drivers, Driving forces, Energy systems, Grid electricity, Modern agricultures, Photovoltaic systems, Photovoltaics, Renewable energies
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-39974 (URN)10.3390/en12183568 (DOI)2-s2.0-85072509921 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding details: Energimyndigheten; Funding details: Stiftelsen för Kunskaps- och Kompetensutveckling, KK; Funding text 1: Funding: This paper was carried out as a part of the research project Solbruket—Battery Storage for Increased Solar Electricity Production in Modern Agriculture, project number 44359-1. The research project was financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. This work has been carried out under the auspices of the industrial post-graduate school Reesbe+, which is financed by the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen). We kindly thank the funding bodies for their financial support.; Funding text 2: Do you approve that RISE saves the information you give us in this survey as described above? □ Yes □ No Do you have anything further to add regarding barriers and driving forces for investments in solar electricity and/or battery storage? [COMMENT FIELDS] Many thanks for your participation! Please use the enclosed reply envelope to send your answers to us. Postage is paid by the recipient (RISE Research Institutes of Sweden).

Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2023-08-28Bibliographically approved
Boork, M., Lane, A.-L. & Larsson, A. (2019). Solbruket: Batterilager för ökad solelproduktion i det moderna lantbruket.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Solbruket: Batterilager för ökad solelproduktion i det moderna lantbruket
2019 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The potential for solar power production in the Swedish agriculture is significant but is highly limited by the capacity in the low-voltage grid. The use of battery storages may be a possibility to increase the self-consumption of solar power and reduce the power exchange to the grid, and thereby avoid expensive grid reinforcements.In order to build knowledge about both technical and user-related possibilities and challenges with grid-connected battery storages for Swedish farms with PV, RISE and Vattenfall have built a pilot plant on a farm in Hälsingland and conducted two sociotechnical studies with interviews and questionnaires concerning obstacles, drivers and benefits associated with battery storages, as they are perceived by Swedish farmers at present.The results point at a number of challenges for battery storages to become an attractive investment for farmers, which include:- Reliability: lifetime and performance of the battery technology is unclear.- Economy: profit versus investment costs.- Long-term storage: seasonal storage of energy is perceived as more attractive than short-term storage.- Supporting backup power: an added value that may motivate higher investment costs.- Climate and environmental benefits: important aspects that are unclear for the present battery technology.These challenges need to be addressed in technical system solutions, services and business models in order to motivate this particular group to invest in battery storages to complement their existing PV power plants.The results from the pilot plant also points at a number of practical benefits and possibilities associated with the system solution. Apart from creating value by cutting power peaks and enable increased self-consumption of solar power, the farmers appreciate the increased convenience provided by the batteries. Since the battery storage cuts the highest power peaks and thereby reduces the risk of local power failures, it is no longer crucial when in time power-consuming equipment is used. This offers a new flexibility in the daily routines. The main economic benefit raised by the farmers is the possibility of a lower fuse subscription.The results from Solbruket provide increased knowledge about farmers with PV and how battery storages can create value for the specific target group. This knowledge can be used by product and services developers to develop attractive technical solutions, services and business models targeting the specific market. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that the battery technology is perceived as immature, and that an investment is regarded as a significant risk. Only when there is balance between technical maturity and investment costs, it is reasonable for the consumer to consider different business models.

Publisher
p. 40
Series
RISE Rapport ; 2019:31
Keywords
PV, battery storage, agriculture, usability, sociotechnical examination, renewable energy, drivers, barriers, power grid
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-38192 (URN)978-91-88907-58-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-03-21 Created: 2019-03-21 Last updated: 2023-05-09Bibliographically approved
Lane, A.-L., Cehlin, M. & Gustavsson, T. (2017). Byggae - Method for quality assurance of energy efficient buildings. International Journal of Energy Production and Management, 2(2), 133-139
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Byggae - Method for quality assurance of energy efficient buildings
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Energy Production and Management, ISSN 2056-3272, E-ISSN 2056-3280, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 133-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Policies for energy efficiency requirements in buildings have become more stringent according to EU2020 goals. Despite policy regulations, requirements for energy efficiency are not met in many new buildings. Some of the reasons for this energy performance gap are related to the building process. The aim with this paper is to describe a purposed method for quality assurance of sustainable buildings according to energy efficiency. The proposed method is called ByggaE, where 'Bygga' is the Swedish word for 'build' and E is the first letter in 'energy efficient'. It is a tool intended to lower the energy performance gap related to the building process by guiding the client and providers through the process to fulfill goals. The essence of ByggaE is the formulation of requirements by the client and the working process of identifying, handling and following up critical constructions and key issues. This working process involves all participants in the building project by using appropriate quality guidelines and checklists for documentation, communication and verification. ByggaE is a step forward ensuring that the building fulfills the defined functions and that conscious decisions are taken when goals have to be changed during the building project. The next steps are to ensure the usefulness of the method in practice by more testing and to spread knowledge about the method.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WITPress, 2017
Keywords
Building process, Energy efficient buildings, Energy performance gap, Quality assurance
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-39796 (URN)10.2495/EQ-V2-N2-133-139 (DOI)2-s2.0-85070276486 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2023-05-09Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, C., Carolina, H. & Lane, A.-L. (2017). Kommunikation för hållbart arbete med energieffektivisering: En kunskapssammanställning om samverkan och kommunikation om energifrågor inom organisationer och företag.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kommunikation för hållbart arbete med energieffektivisering: En kunskapssammanställning om samverkan och kommunikation om energifrågor inom organisationer och företag
2017 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

I den här kunskapssammanställningen har vi, med utgångspunkt i samhälls- och beteendevetenskaplig forskning, sammanställt kunskap om organisationers och företags energieffektiviseringsarbete. Syftet har varit att undersöka hur kommunikation och samverkan inom organisationer och företag kan stärkas för att främja ett hållbart arbete med energieffektivisering.

Flera studier visar att energieffektivisering varken betraktas som strategiskt viktigt eller är premierat av olika aktörsgrupper inom organisationer och företag. Det är inte prioriterat av ledningen, som därmed inte heller väljer att investera i kostnadseffektiva energiåtgärder. De anställda betraktar energi som en ”underförstådd rättighet”. Fastighetsskötarnas inflytande att påverka energianvändningen är begränsad, liksom deras tid och resurser för detta. I tidigare forskning kan vi se att undermålig kommunikation mellan olika aktörsgrupper rörande energifrågor ger upphov till målkonflikter mellan olika intressen och skapar ett förhållningssätt att arbetet med energieffektivisering endast ligger hos fastighetsskötaren eller driftteknikern.

Företag och organisationer som har ett mer framgångsrikt arbete med energieffektivisering gör det till en fråga som hela organisationen beaktar. Detta innebär att fler personer och aspekter av verksamheten involveras i organisationens strävan mot hållbarhet. Det sätter fokus på samverkan och kommunikation.

I kunskapssammanställningen ger vi förslag på riktlinjer och rekommendationer om kommunikation, vilka kan verka som stöd för att arbeta med energieffektivisering inom företag och organisationer. Vi strukturerar dessa utifrån tre steg. Budskap som understryker att energieffektivisering är prioriterat och en angelägenhet för alla. Tillvägagångssätt som lyfter fram hur energieffektivisering kan kommuniceras via t ex riktlinjer, samtal, utbildning och visualisering. De valda tillvägagångssätten bör bli en del av organisationens verksamheter och vardagliga rutiner. Återkoppling av energianvändningen som visar om ansträngningarna är effektiva och ger resultat. Forskning pekar på att ju fler som är involverade i arbetet med energieffektivisering desto bättre tenderar resultatet att bli. Goda resultat är i sin tur ett viktigt motiv till fortsatt arbete.

Abstract [en]

Based on social and behavioural research, this project compile knowledge on energy management in organisations and companies. The purpose has been to examine how communication and collaboration within organisations and companies can be strengthened in order to promote sustainable energy management.

The literature demonstrates that energy efficiency is not of strategic importance for organisations and companies. It is not prioritised by the management, who do not invest in cost effective energy measures. The employees regard energy as an implied right and the facility managers’ ability to influence energy issues are restricted, as well as their time and resources to work with it. Poor communication between the various actors within the company give rise to conflicting goals between different interests, and a belief that energy efficiency is something a single person, a technician, occasionally works with. Companies and organisations with a successful energy strategy make it into an issue that the entire organisation addresses. They engage more people and more aspects of their activities while striving for sustainability. It puts the focus on collaboration and communication.

This project presents guidelines and recommendations about communication that can serve as support for considering energy efficiency measures and energy savings efforts. We structure these into three steps. Messages stating that energy efficiency is a priority and of concern for everyone. Approaches which highlight how energy efficiency can be communicated through for instance guidelines, dialogues, education, and visualization. These approaches should be adapted and incorporated into the companies’ activities and the daily work routines of the employees. Feedback on the use of energy showing to what extent the efforts made are effective and leads to a positive result. Research demonstrates that the more people who are involved in the work on energy efficiency, the better the results tend to be. Good results are, in turn, an important incentive for the continuous work on energy issues.

Series
RISE rapport ; 2017:53
Keywords
kommunikation samverkan energieffektivisering företag organisationer
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-32781 (URN)978-91-88695-19-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-23 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2023-05-19Bibliographically approved
Femenias, P., Thuvander, L., Mjörnell, K. & Lane, A.-L. (2015). Koll på hållbar renovering (ed.). Bygg & teknik, 107(2), 30-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Koll på hållbar renovering
2015 (Swedish)In: Bygg & teknik, Vol. 107, no 2, p. 30-34Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-8218 (URN)20442 (Local ID)20442 (Archive number)20442 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2023-05-25Bibliographically approved
Lane, A.-L. & Benson, J. (2015). Metod och guidelines för fastställande av nyckeltal vid kyl- och frysanläggningar (ed.).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metod och guidelines för fastställande av nyckeltal vid kyl- och frysanläggningar
2015 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Series
SP Rapport, ISSN 0284-5172 ; 2015:52
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-5278 (URN)28141 (Local ID)978-91-88001-76-4 (ISBN)28141 (Archive number)28141 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2023-05-09Bibliographically approved
Lane, A.-L., Benson, J. & Berglöf, K. (2014). BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING SYSTEM EFFICIENCY INDEX DURING FIELD MEASUREMENTS ON AIR CONDITIONING AND HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (ed.). In: 11th IEA HPP Conference Proceedings: . Paper presented at 11th IEA HPP Conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING SYSTEM EFFICIENCY INDEX DURING FIELD MEASUREMENTS ON AIR CONDITIONING AND HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS
2014 (English)In: 11th IEA HPP Conference Proceedings, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-12386 (URN)17752 (Local ID)17752 (Archive number)17752 (OAI)
Conference
11th IEA HPP Conference
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2023-05-09Bibliographically approved
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