Concept house village: A next step in the development of sustainable housing in the Netherlands

Sacha Silvester*, Bert Hooijer, Ria van Oosterhout, Floor van der Kemp

*Corresponding author for this work

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To be able to develop and implement high-impact sustainable innovations in the built environment, researchers, product/-service developers and policymakers in the region of Rotterdam felt the necessity to work with users to prototype, test and validate potential solutions in real life situations. In collaboration with European partners initiatives, the Concept House Village in Heijplaat Rotterdam was developed. The inner-city docklands of Rotterdam is an area in transition and forms an ideal setting for a real life test bed for future sustainable urban living and working. In this chapter the history, ambitions, context and the partnership is described. Furthermore the accompanying research and development program is enlightened. Additionally the business modeling of Concept House Village as a R&D facility is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving Labs
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Assessment of Sustainable Living
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33527-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-33526-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Business modeling
  • Living lab
  • Sustainable building (New building and retrofit)
  • Sustainable living


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