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Low -Level Renovation

An Essential Part of the Degrowth Debate and Climate Change Mitigation

Low-level renovation refers to making small-scale changes to existing buildings, such as insulation, energy-efficient windows, and solar panels, rather than tearing down and rebuilding. This approach is more environmentally friendly than new construction, as it reduces the amount of resources and energy needed for building, and also helps to preserve the existing built environment.
In the
context of degrowth, low-level renovation can be seen as a way to reduce the
overall ecological footprint of housing. For example, by improving insulation
and installing energy-efficient systems, buildings can consume less energy,
thus reducing the need for fossil fuels and decreasing carbon emissions.
Additionally, by using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels,
buildings can become more self-sufficient and reduce their dependence on the
important aspect of low-level renovation is, that by focusing on small-scale
changes, rather than large-scale remodeling or new construction, the costs of
renovation can be kept relatively low. This can make housing more affordable
for people on a tight budget and also help to preserve the existing housing
low-level renovation can also promote more sustainable and equitable use of
space. For example, by converting unused attics or basements into livable
space, buildings can be used more efficiently and reduce the need for new
construction. This can also promote more diverse and inclusive communities, as
it allows for more people to have access to affordable housing.
In conclusion, low-level
renovation is an important aspect of the degrowth movement and can be a
powerful tool for reducing the ecological footprint of building and promoting
more sustainable and equitable use of space. By focusing on small-scale changes
and using renewable energy sources, buildings can become more energy-efficient,
self-sufficient, and adaptable, and by making them more affordable and
accessible, low-level renovation can help to promote more inclusive and
resilient communities


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 16:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-2
Type: Non-academic Session
Theme: Resilience building through degrowth


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