Lessons learned on lessons learned: Gathering knowledge on energy-efficient rehabilitation of buildings
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Original versionProceedings of the ... European conference on knowledge management. 2018, 1 216-224.
Sustainability and energy efficiency are topics that have gained much attention recently in many industries, including building and construction. Many national and international research projects have aimed at both developing technology and efficiently using existing technology over the course of last twenty years. Yet, the industry is lagging far behind other sectors with regards to putting available technology to good use. One important reason for this is the gulf that exists between the research as expressed in the scientific literature and the practice-oriented world of building construction and rehabilitation. This paper describes an application of two methods for conducting literature review and collecting experiences from real-world application in order to efficiently synthesize knowledge from “both worlds”. The methods are: structured literature review (SLR) of scientific articles and narrative literature review (NLR) of recommended, practical solutions. In this paper, (1) central characteristics of these methods are presented, (2) Usage of these methods is described, and (3) how these methods can be seen from the perspective of knowledge management / acquisition is discussed. As examples, few findings obtained from SLR and NLR are provided in order to complement the whole discussion. This paper aims to make two major contributions to research and practice: The first contribution is that it addresses certain methodological issues related to gathering knowledge from both the scientific realm and practice. The other contribution is developing a knowledge base: The process through which the two literature review methods are applied, will result in a collection of knowledge / "best practices" regarding construction and renovation of energy efficient buildings. This knowledge will then be shared with others, and hence contribute to accomplish greater benefits. This paper looks at one of the aspects of "best practices" – namely, key performance indicators (KPIs). This paper is connected to an EU-project called "Rezbuild", which focuses on developing decision and planning support for accomplishing near zero-emission in refurbishment of dwellings. One of the tasks in this project is to collect existing knowledge on better energy efficient solutions for near zero-emission buildings.