The Progress of Energy Renovations of Housing in the Netherlands

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    Abstract

    The European Union formulated high ambitions of energy reductions to be realised in the built environment. The existing housing stock covers a major share of energy use and is seen as high potential to contribute to the savings. This should be realised in the first place by reducing the energy demand for heating by renovation of the existing stock and bring the dwellings to a higher energy performance standard. The targets, policies and programmes are already applied for several years now and the question arises of what progress can be seen in renovation activities and energy saving results. This paper is based on data on improvement rates of the Dutch non-profit housing sector and insight in the relation with actual energy reduction. It shows that the renovation progress is limited and that the actual energy reduction is less than is expected according to theoretical models. Furthermore, the paper presents some promising innovative approaches to realise nearly zero energy renovated residential buildings, the so called Net-Zero-Energy-Renovation programme (Stroomversnelling). Will it be possible to reach the energy saving goals with the current approach?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE17)
    Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action
    Place of PublicationHong Kong
    PublisherConstruction Industry Council
    Pages1121-1125
    ISBN (Print)978-988-77943-0-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference - Hong Kong , China
    Duration: 5 Jun 20177 Jun 2017
    http://www.wsbe17hongkong.hk

    Conference

    ConferenceWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference
    Abbreviated titleWSBE17
    CountryChina
    CityHong Kong
    Period5/06/177/06/17
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • energy efficiency
    • housing stock
    • renovation
    • energy labels
    • actual energy use

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    Visscher, H. (2017). The Progress of Energy Renovations of Housing in the Netherlands. In Proceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE17): Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action (pp. 1121-1125). Construction Industry Council.