New ways in retrofitting postwar Dutch walk-up apartment buildings: carbon neutrality, cultural value and user preferences

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Increasing energy efficiency of the housing stock is one of the largest challenges in the built environment today. In line with the international Paris-Climate-Change-Conference 2015, Dutch municipalities and housing associations have embraced the ambition to achieve carbon neutrality for their social housing stock by 2050. However, most deep renovation designs for increasing the energy efficiency of dwellings focus on the relatively easy portion of the housing stock: postwar row housing. Furthermore, such design solutions are mostly produced without much care for architectural quality nor for testing for user preferences.
Yet, such aspects are of major importance in tenement housing, particularly regarding the architectural qualities of the huge numbers of walk-up apartment buildings from the inter- and postwar periods owned by housing associations. Renovation of buildings of this typology is more complex because of, among others, technical, social and heritage factors. To support decisions in this complex context, a General Transformation Framework has been developed for generating design solutions for deep renovation of representative parts of postwar walk-up apartment buildings. The aim is to increase energy efficiency, retain architectural legibility and cultural heritage value, and allow for presenting (end) users with various options for adaptation based on an assessment of their preferences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Docomomo Conference (IDC 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationMetamorphosis - The Continuity of Change
EditorsAna Tostoes, Nastasa Koselj
Place of PublicationLisboa/Ljubljana
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-99645-4-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIDC 2018: 15th International Docomomo Conference: Metamorphosis: The Continuity of Change - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 28 Aug 201831 Aug 2018


ConferenceIDC 2018: 15th International Docomomo Conference


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