Assessing energy demand in self-managed clustered housing

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    Co-housing is the overall term for groups of households creating and managing their own living environment. From recent research on co-housing in EU member states it becomes clear that cohousing initiatives consider themselves as pioneers for energy-transition. Nevertheless, the value and contribution of co-housing initiatives to housing provision and sustainable urban development, both quantitative and qualitatively, have hardly been assessed. Fitting the design features of cohousing buildings into energy performance calculation models already poses some problems. In addition, everyday practices such as sharing domestic services make energy-demand in co-housing (potentially) different from single-household residence. This paper first presents an inventory of keyelements illustrated by Dutch co-housing projects. On this basis it proposes a model for energy performance assessment that goes beyond the building-related normatised EP-models.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDEMAND Conference 2016
    Subtitle of host publicationWhat energy is for: the making and dynamics of demand
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventDEMAND Conference 2016: What energy is for: the making and dynamics of demand - Lancaster, United Kingdom
    Duration: 13 Apr 201615 Apr 2016


    ConferenceDEMAND Conference 2016
    CountryUnited Kingdom


    • co-housing
    • self-management
    • energy-saving
    • shared utilities
    • energy performance assessment


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