Developments of energy renovations in the Dutch housing stock

The energy transition in the European Housing stock has been supported and steered by various EU and national policies and regulations. The Energy Performance Certificate indicating the energy efficiency of buildings, required by the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), has been an important tool for the existing buildings. It was used to inform and stimulated home owners, but also used to set and monitor improvement goals.

In the Netherlands, Aedes the umbrella organisation for housing associations, created a huge data base (SHAERE) with the EPC’s of more than 2 million dwellings to monitor the progress in reaching the goal of an average label B in 2020. We have used this data bases for several research goals. Within the EPISCOPE project we compared the Developments in the Netherlands with other EU countries. More specifically for the energy transition in the Netherlands we analysed the progress in realising the goals in terms of renovations and actual energy reduction. This is worked out in 3 PhD theses, a special issue of Energy and Buildings and several other Journal articles.


Funder: EU & AEDES
Programme: IEE - EPISCOPE
Overall budget: EPISCOPE (2013 - 2016): â‚¬ 2.459.226
AEDES (2013 - 2021): â‚¬ 329.000
Grant amount: EPISCOPE:
Total: â‚¬ 2.459.226
Contribution to TU Delft: â‚¬ 144.455
AEDES: â‚¬ 329.000
Role TU Delft:  EPISCOPE: Project partner
AEDES: Lead partner
Project duration: EPISCOPE: April 2013 - March 2016
AEDES: January 2014 - May 2021
TU Delft researchers:        Henk Visscher
Dr. Nico Nieboer
Faidra Filippidou
Paula van den Brom
Herman van der Bent

Project partners

Institute for Housing and Environment, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Danish Building Research Institute - Aalborg University, Austrian Energy Agency, Building Research Establishment Ltd, National Observatory of Athens, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Politecnico di Torino - Department of Energy, STU-K, Energy Action Energy Action Limited, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Valencian Institute of Building, Cyprus University of Technology, Pouget Consultants, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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