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Energy Efficiency

Research group The goal for this group is increasingly effective use of our limited resources required for sustainable development, both locally and globally.

In recent years, both the climate problem and the problem of limited resources have become illuminated and made clear to all. Increasingly more effective use of our limited resources is required for a sustainable development, both locally and globally.

Energy in buildings
The limited availability of fossil fuels and the large climate impact from the combustion of these fuels, coupled together with the overconsumption of electricity and rising living standards, have encouraged investments in more and more efficient energy use. The building sector accounts for about 40 percent of the energy use in Europe and about the same ratio also applies to Sweden. There are many ways to reduce the energy consumption of a building without simultaneously impairing comfort. Increased energy efficiency of buildings means: less environmental impact, lower total cost, higher comfort, assurance against energy price increases, and compliance with laws and requirements.

Years of experience
Energy Efficiency Group (EEG) has many years of expertise and experience in the field of energy efficiency. Many of our research projects are interdisciplinary and often concern several different disciplines within energy and building technology, ranging from primary energy conversion (production) and distribution to the end use of energy.

The ongoing research and development activities conducted within the group are currently dominated by end-use energy efficiency in buildings, in industry, and in district heating. Our main focus is currently centered on measurements within newly built and refurbished buildings with the aim of developing techniques and methodology to evaluate and validate the performance of various implemented system solutions and energy-efficiency measures.

Contact Information

Thomas Olofsson
Umeå Universitet
901 87 Umeå 

Visiting Address
Teknikhuset, B221

Tel:  +46 90 7866710

Mobile:  070-340 64 21

Research funding






Interreg Nord

Nordic Periphery Arctic Program


Horizon 2020

Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth


Interreg Botnia-Atlantica

Länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten

Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation at Umeå University

AB Bostaden I Umeå

Umeå Energi AB


Competence center in District Heating

A joint competence center between Umeå Energy AB and the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Umeå University, through the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, has for a long time been working closely with Umeå Energy AB regarding examinations, study visits and various research and collaboration projects.

This cooperation has now been formalized through the establishment of a joint district heating center for research, development and application as well as education in Umeå.

The purpose of the competence center is to contribute

Mutual competence development
To utilize new technology, research and experience
Develop and implement new solutions and systems
Optimizing existing systems to contribute to a more efficient use of district heating
To adapt current and future systems to meet the changes that society's climate adaptation brings about.


Ruggedised Horizon 2020

RUGGEDISED is a smart city project funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings together three lighthouse cities: Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå and three follower cities: Brno, Gdansk and Parma to test, implement and accelerate the smart city model across Europe. Working in partnership with businesses and research centres these six cities will demonstrate how to combine ICT, e-mobility and energy solutions to design smart, resilient cities for all.

Research Leader


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Applied Physics and Electronics

Research area

Building technology, Energy engineering

Research Projects within Energy Efficiency

Enabling stakeholder engagement with sustainable energy renovation in detached-houses
Research area: Energy engineering
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023
Type of project PhD project
Enabling stakeholder engagement in energy retrofitting: an open-access platform for detached-houses in the north of Sweden
Research area: Energy engineering
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project
Enhanced Sustainability of Built Environment by Collaboration and Digitalization (ESBE)
Research area: Energy engineering
Duration 1 October 2020 until 30 September 2022
Type of project Research project
Approaching Near Zero Energy in Historic Buildings (Energy Pathfinder)
Duration 1 June 2019 until 31 May 2022
Type of project Research project
Demonstration of 4th generation district heating in University City of Umeå
Duration 1 June 2017 until 1 September 2021
Type of project PhD project
Increasing Competence in Northern Building
Duration 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2019
Type of project Research project
Duration 1 April 2015 until 30 April 2019
Type of project Research project
New method for measuring the heat loss from buildings
Duration 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2017
Type of project Research project
Umeå as a test bed for smart sustainable city development
Duration 30 December 2014 until 31 December 2016
Type of project Research project
Green Arctic Building

Visit of project partner from Green Artic Building (GrAB) toTFE in September.

Energy use in historic buildings

Project meeting Energy Pathfinder

Projects to promote energy-efficient renovations

Digital platform for homeowners to get advice on optimal renovation solutions