Strategic goals of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) related to Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Efficient use of energy and resources in buildings is seen as vital for reducing environmental and climate impact. Buildings will play an integral part of the energy system of the future. Furthermore, energy efficiency in the built environment is seen as an important means of achieving several societal goals simultaneously by integrating ecological, economic, and social sustainability.


Specific RD&I areas are:

  • A system perspective in planning for a resource-efficient built environment is needed, including the possible contribution of the built environment towards energy-system benefits in related sectors.
  • Advanced understanding, knowledge and competence is needed concerning client requirements and how they can be developed, followed up and followed through, throughout the entire life cycle of a building, using a client perspective and a coordinated construction and management processes.
  • Resource-efficient materials and buildings need to be developed and tested in the perspective of the entire life cycle of buildings. Recycling, reuse, bio-based materials, and logistics solutions play an important role as well as the continued development of building- and installation technology.
  • A functional building stock is needed for the entire operational phase of buildings. Energy- and cost-effective renovation solutions need to be further developed, and existing buildings require advanced possibilities for interacting with an increasingly interconnected energy system.
  • A smarter built environment can contribute to reducing and equalizing power requirements for electricity, heating and cooling. Cross-sector integrated solutions for city districts, residential areas and communities need further development, for example through innovative thinking around circular flows, digital solutions and the sharing economy.


Available funding programmes for RD&I

Program A: E2B2


Program B: Smart built environment


Program C: Forskning för ett integrerat och hållbart samhällsbyggande (Formas)


Program D: Viable cities

Success stories regarding funding


Main research institutes and industries in the building sector

Key National Data

Electricity is the most common energy carrier for heating in houses, followed by biofules and district heating. In multi-dwelling buildings and nonresidential facilities district heating is by far the most common energy carrier. Petroleum products can be used for heating but are mainly used for machinery in agriculture, foresting, fishing and construction.

 Answers where given by IWG representive for MS Sweden