PhD defence by Daniel Pihl

“The Making of an Energy Renovation: Knowing & Acting on Energy-Saving Features through Design Processes”


03.06.2019 kl. 13.00 - 16.00


Energy renovations are crucial means to reduce energy consumption from the existing building stock. However, research does not widely attend to the practical details of designing for energy savings. Much research focuses on the technical and economic aspects of energy renovations. However, energy performance as a design problem remains overlooked or taken for granted in most of the existing literature. This study draws on the sociology of associations and investigates how designers make energy-saving design features knowable and actionable through their everyday design practices. The analysis shows how energy-saving features emerge from negotiations of interest and the interactions between designers and material objects. The study highlights processes of persuasion, learning, and stabilization/destabilization in the making of energy renovations. Based on the findings, this study suggests that if research does not draw attention to the everyday challenges and conflicts happening during the design of energy renovations, then ambitions concerning minimum energy consumption in buildings are likely to fall short

Please email dpihl@plan.aau.dk to get a digital copy of the thesis. 


Professor Harald Rohracher | Linköping University, Sweden

Professor Pernilla Kristensen Gluch | Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Associate Professor Hanne Lindegaard (Chairman) | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark


Professor Susse Georg | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark 



Free of charge


Department of Planning


A.C.Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København SV, room 3.084

Registration Deadline

30.05.2019 kl. 12.00

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