Overcoming communication and information barriers in the dutch energy transition: A Study on Online Sources of Energy-Efficient Retrofits in Homeowners’ Associations

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the information and communication challenges in the Dutch energy transition in the built environment, with a specific focus on energy-efficient retrofits (EER) in homeowners’ associations (HOAs). The research surveyed the literature on barriers and drivers related to information and communication in EERs. It systematically investigated the information sources and communication channels provided by governmental and non-governmental institutions on financial subsidies, step-by-step guidelines, home evaluation tools, and participation guidelines. Lastly, the research categorised and evaluated the interfaces designed to deliver the information to the Dutch homeowners’ associations. The research also explored the barriers and drivers related to trust issues in EERs as the correlation between trust and information and communication emerged as one of the most prominent factors affecting EERs' acceptance. The paper analysed the online information sources based on readability, credibility, and interactivity, focusing on accessibility and the ability to generate tailor-made suggestions. The analysis revealed that the online information sources are disorganised and dispersed. The online platforms rarely provide information on prior case studies and more on financial subsidies, guidelines, and EER benefits. Lastly, we discussed the main barriers and potential solutions for these challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings BEHAVE 2023 the 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency
EditorsMarta Lopes, Kaisa Matschoss, Thijs Bouman
PublisherRijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)
Pages228-239
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventBEHAVE 2023: 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Nov 202329 Nov 2023

Conference

ConferenceBEHAVE 2023: 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period28/11/2329/11/23

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Energy efficiency retrofits
  • Home-owners associations
  • information on energy transition

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