Improving energy performance: many small interventions or selective deep renovations?

Nico Nieboer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review

    35 Downloads (Pure)


    Recent findings from a monitor containing around 1.5 million homes in the Dutch non-profit rented sector show that the energy improvement pace in the sector in the last years is too slow to meet the nationally agreed level in 2020. The findings also show that the improvement of the energy performance of the respective homes is mostly carried out in small steps: in many of the improved dwellings only one single measure is applied, and deep energy renovations are rare. Advocators of such renovations nevertheless believe that such improvements are the most appropriate way to substantially reducing energy consumption and argue that the developments and proliferation of energy renovation concepts is the best way forward. Others, however, do not see this as realistic and argue that reality forces us to proceed on the path of small interventions. This study sheds more light on this debate from the way in which housing providers conceive and implement their portfolio and asset management strategies. From these investment policies, it seeks explanations for the dominance of the small interventions and investigates the room for a more concentrated allocation of budget resources. To this end, housing providers with different energy investment policies are selected and interviewed. Results show that current practice leaves little room for deep renovations, but that a more mixed picture of small and deep interventions may be expected when zero-energy renovations grow out of their experimental status.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference Proceedings SBE16 Hamburg: International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment
    Subtitle of host publicationStrategies, Stakeholders, Success factors
    Place of PublicationHamburg
    ISBN (Print)978-3-00-052213-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventSustainable Built Environment Conference 2016: Strategies, Stakeholders, Success factors - Hamburg, Germany
    Duration: 7 Mar 201611 Mar 2016
    Conference number: 16


    ConferenceSustainable Built Environment Conference 2016
    Abbreviated titleSBE
    Internet address


    • portfolio management
    • asset management
    • non-profit
    • housing
    • energy performance


    Dive into the research topics of 'Improving energy performance: many small interventions or selective deep renovations?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this