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Legal Aspects on Cultural Values and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment – A Sustainable Balance of Public Interests

Version 1 : Received: 31 August 2021 / Approved: 1 September 2021 / Online: 1 September 2021 (09:33:32 CEST)

How to cite: Christiernsson, A.; Geijer, M.; Malafry, M. Legal Aspects on Cultural Values and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment – A Sustainable Balance of Public Interests. Preprints 2021, 2021090003 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0003.v1). Christiernsson, A.; Geijer, M.; Malafry, M. Legal Aspects on Cultural Values and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment – A Sustainable Balance of Public Interests. Preprints 2021, 2021090003 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0003.v1).

Abstract

Improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewables within the building stock is crucial to ensure the reach of international and national climate goals, such as the CO2 neutral society. Exciting buildings needs to be retrofitted and heated by renewable energy sources. This may however lead to conflicts with other sustainability goals such as the preservation of cultural heritage values within the built environment. If conflicts can be avoided and attention paid both to improved use and production of energy and the preservation of built cultural heritage will to a large extent depend on the design of the legislation. In Sweden there are many parallel laws regulating environmental issues, building and planning and preservation of cultural heritage. Thus, the legal system as a whole must be coherent and without deficits, loop-holes and conflicts contradicting goal fulfilment. Moreover, the norms must be effectively applied and complied with. RECO is an interdisciplinary research project assessing the effectiveness of the Swedish legal system in reaching energy goals while preserving heritage values. This assessment has been carried out through study of legal works, case law, case studies and a national survey. This article presents and elaborates on some results from the project.

Keywords

Legal system; Conflict of public interests; Energy efficiency; Cultural heritage values; Preservation; Planning and building.

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