Quotation Erian, Paul, Maier, Gunther, Neumann, Hans-Martin, Schmidmayer, Julia, Selke, Tim. 2017. Retrofitting a 1970s social housing neighborhood for carbon neutrality - a case study from Austria. European Real Estate Society, 24th European Conference, Delft, Niederlande, 28.06.-01.07.




The existing stock of buildings plays a key role in achieving goals of energy efficiency and carbon neutrality. Particularly difficult are social housing projects from the 1960s and 1970, which on the one hand were built according to low standards of energy efficiency, and on the other hand are now occupied by an overaged population of lower economic status. In Austria, such neighborhoods constitute a substantial part of the rental housing stock. In this paper we report a project in the city of Salzburg that attempted to analyze the opportunities for converting such a neighborhood toward carbon neutrality. We investigated the legal, institutional, and political framework conditions, analyzed the current technical status of the buildings as well as the social and economic status of the population. In a second step, a number of technical scenarios for investing into energy efficiency of the settlement were developed and evaluated economically. Based on this, we developed recommendations as well as specific steps for their implementation. The paper also takes a critical view of the political and administrative processes, the stakeholders involved and the regulatory framework.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Retrofitting a 1970s social housing neighborhood for carbon neutrality - a case study from Austria
Event European Real Estate Society, 24th European Conference
Year 2017
Date 28.06.-01.07.
Country Netherlands
Location Delft


Maier, Gunther (Details)
Erian, Paul (Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
Neumann, Hans-Martin (Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
Schmidmayer, Julia (Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
Selke, Tim (Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
5329 Economics of location (Details)
5330 Site selection (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5606 Spatial research (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5612 Economics of location (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5702 Population statistics (Details)
5915 Economic geography (Details)
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