Innovative Refurbishment of Single Family Houses

Evaluation of best-practice models and recommendations to support dissemination

Content Description




In Austria the highest potential for thermal refurbishment is within the sector of single family houses, built between 1945 and 1980. According to estimations by experts two-thirds of all possible investments are to assign to this sector. However, there are only few successful models on the supply side which combine efficient information and mobilisation of users with a comprehensive technical and ecological offer.

Two of such rare models are in the centre of this study: the "Ökomodell Außerfern" in the Tirol und the network "Traumhaus Althaus" in Vorarlberg. Both of them are operating very successful on the local level for the promotion of thermal refurbishment since several years. These models are characterised by intersectoral network structures constituted by heterogeneous local social actors, aiming at quality assurance to enable an attractive offer for homeowners.

Aims of the Study

The mentioned examples should be analysed as special forms of heterogeneous cooperations with a strong focus on the transferability of the models to other regions. Therefore the following steps are required:

  • Detailed description of the models (How and why are they working?)
  • Evaluation of both models according to their effectiveness and achievement of objectives in terms of sustainable development
  • Preparation of suggestions for improvement
  • Preparation of suggestions for the transfer to other regions

Expected Results

  • Comprehensive Analysis and documentation of both models
  • Critical assessment of the activites - potentials for development
  • Implementable suggestions for the transfer of central elements

Project Partners

Project manager: Dr. Michael Ornetzeder
Zentrum für Soziale Innovation

Mag. Jürgen Suschek-Berger
Interuniversitäres Forschungszentrum für Technik, Arbeit und Kultur (IFF/IFZ)


Dr. Michael Ornetzeder
Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
Koppstraße 116/11
1160 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 4950442 54
Fax: +43 1 4950442 40