CIED researchers find policy a key driver behind low energy innovation in the building sector

A new paper by Paula Kivimaa and Mari Martiskainen argues that policies at the EU, national and local levels are the main drivers behind low energy innovation in the building sector in Europe, while environmental concerns also rank highly. The paper titled ‘Innovation, low energy buildings and intermediaries in Europe: systematic case study review‘ also analyses the role of so-called intermediary organisations and individuals and finds that they have been important through the following five processes:

  • Facilitating individual building projects
  • Creating niche markets
  • Implementing new practices in social housing stock
  • Supporting new business model creation
  • Facilitating building use post-construction

The study is based on a systematic review of 40 scholarly case studies published between 2005-2015 in peer-reviewed journals.

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