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Close-to-zero energy strategy for Dalarna

Region: Dalarna, Sweden
Implemented on: Regional level
Target group: Energy stakeholders


Together with other stakeholders in the construction and property management sectors in the county, the Byggdialog Dalarna network organisation has developed a strategy to promote an increase in the construction of low-energy buildings in Dalarna. The objective of the strategy is for Dalarna, being appointed by the Swedish Government to be a “Green Pilot County”, to fulfil the national guidelines for energy-efficient buildings. The strategy is intended to give support and guidelines for property owners in Dalarna in planning and construction projects throughout the county. It includes an action plan for the existing building stock, and one for new construction and refurbishment. The strategy will be adapted and updated as required to keep up with national developments.


  • Taking the lead as a county to fulfill or even go beyond governmental targets in implementation of close-to-zero energy building legislation;
  • Built upon earlier experience and inspire for the future.


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  • Energy measures should be prioritized in the following order: Highly energy-efficient building shell – Highly energy-efficient installations – A high proportion of the energy needed should be renewable;
  • Targets for new buildings [kWh/m2, Atemp, year], excluding operational power are between 40 for premises with electric heating and 65 for dwellings with non-electric heating; for converted buildings between 55 for premises with electric heating and 90 for dwellings with non-electric heating.

Lessons learnt:

  • Gradually raising the standard of existing buildings is essential for a transition to a sustainable energy system;
  • For property already being managed, there should also be a goal of reducing energy consumption by 2020, i.e. a reduction of 20 percent calculated from the current level;
  • To reduce energy consumption in existing buildings you have to work pro-actively, even with buildings that are not being rebuilt. Continuity is important and this requires established procedures and an action plan.


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