Housing in a Changing Society

Key projects


Stimulating the Adoption of low- carbon technologies by home-owners through increased Awareness and easy Access

The Triple-A project accelerates the Adoption of low-carbon technologies by transnational cooperation between local authority partners, who face the common challenge to stimulate home-owners to adopt low-carbon technologies. Jointly they develop and implement a (Triple-A) method that increases Awareness of low-carbon technologies among home-owners and simultaneously secures easy Access to technologies that fit their needs and resources.

Within the Triple A-project local and regional authorities from Belgium (Antwerpen, Mechelen, Ostend), France (PSEE Picardie), the Netherlands (Breda, Rotterdam) and the United Kingdom (Kent County Council) join forces to encourage home-owners in making their existing single-family homes more sustainable and thus reduce their energy consumption. They are supported by 2 universities (TU Delft and Ghent University), and by a Belgian utility (Eandis).

Main research outputs of the project are ICT solutions, home energy monitoring system testing, concepts for collaborative actions, and for the use of demonstration exemplars to increase the adoption of low-carbon technologies.

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Programme: Interreg 2 Seas Mers Zeeën, Priority Low carbon technologies
Project Number: 2S02-029
Grant: ERDF: € 425.065,26; Province of South-Holland: € 106.266,32
Role: Lead Partner/ coordinator
Principal Researcher: Erwin Mlecnik
Duration: 1/1/2017 to 31/12/2020



Building Energy Efficiency for Massive Market Uptake

The BEEM-UP project (Building Energy Efficiency for Massive market UPtake) will demonstrate the economic, social and technical feasibility of retrofitting initiatives for drastically reducing the energy consumption in existing buildings, and lay the ground for massive market uptake.

BEEM-UP involves key expertise to implement and demonstrate innovative building and energy management approaches with the overall aim to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings and obtain better indoor comfort conditions.

FP7 – EeB-Energy
Grant: € 77.568
Role: partner
Principal Researcher: Henk Visscher
Coordinator: Acciona
Duration: 12/2010 to 12/2014


Collaboration for housing nearly zero energy renovation
The COHERENO-project strengthens the collaboration between market actors for renovation for single-family buildings and stimulates new forms of cooperation for nearly zero-energy (nZEB) renovations.
IEE 2013
Grant: € 280.000
Role: Coordinator
Principal Researchers: Ad Straub and Erwin Mlecnik
Duration: 5/2013 to 5/2016

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Demographic Change and Housing Wealth

This project leads to an EU-wide shrinking and ageing of populations, accompanied by EU-wide changes to housing systems. The co-incidence of these two macro processes suggests the intriguing question of the extent to which home ownership provides a potential cure for some of the consequences of ageing populations, as well as contributes to the causes.

DEMHOW undertook research and other activities in order to:

  • investigate how the composition of wealth has changed with respect, in particular, to changes in population, housing systems, state pension arrangements, and financial institutions;
  • investigate how attitudes toward the acquisition of housing assets and their use in old age are changing, particularly given equity release products.

Grant: € 208.421
Role: partner
Principal Researcher: Marja Elsinga
Coordinator: University of Birmingham
Duration: 1/2008 to 1/2012


Make energy refurbishment processes in the European housing sector transparent and effective

The project EPISCOPE  (Energy Performance Indicator Tracking Schemes for the Continuous Optimisation of Refurbishment Processes in European Housing Stocks) refines and expands an existing supranational model to assess the energy performance of residential buildings, thereby making use of the national building typologies in the 16 participating countries. This project also assesses the pace of energy improvement in the housing stock and makes scenarios for future energy consumption.
Pilot actions will be conducted in each of the participating countries to track the implementation of energy saving measures and their effect on the consumption in practice.
Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)
Grant: € 95,386
Role: partner
Principal Researcher: Nico Nieboer  
Coordinator: Institut Wohnen und Umwelt (Germany)
Duration: 4/2013 to 3/2016
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Creating and Adapting Jobs in Europe in the Context of a Socio-Ecological Transition

NEUJOBS’ objective is to analyse likely future developments in the European labour market(s), in view of four major transitions that will impact employment and European societies in general.

The first is the socioecological transition: a comprehensive change in the patterns of social organisation and culture, production and consumption that will drive humanity beyond the current industrial model towards a more sustainable future. The second is the societal transition produced by the combination of population ageing, low fertility rates, changing family structures, urbanisation and growing female employment. The third transition concerns new territorial dynamics and the balance between Agglomeration and dispersion forces. The fourth is a skills (upgrading) transition and the project is interested in its likely consequences for employment and (in)equality.

Grant: € 123.466
Role: partner
Principal Researcher: Marja Elsinga
Coordinator: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Duration: 9/2011 to 9/2015 


Social Housing Organisations and European Professionals Linked and Acting Together for Testing and Promoting Professionals Coordination in Energy Renovation.

The social housing sector faces a significant challenge. Housing operators have to implement energy renovations, but have difficulties in implementing them with the professionals on their portfolio. It is observed that without the necessary knowledge:

  • renovation to strict standards can take longer and be twice as expensive as normal;
  • professionals (architects, consultants, engineers, suppliers, installers, builders) don't have enough knowledge of energy aspects and 3) they are not used to working together in a co-ordinated manner.

This leads to unnecessary difficulties during the construction, when it is too late to easily make changes and many delivered buildings don’t reach the expected energy performance.

Working together in the supply chain
SHELTER starts from the current situation: the lack of coordination of professionals as the main obstacle to reach high efficiency in buildings and the ineffective use of information and tools available. The integrated design approach is applied, thus changing the way different professions work together along the supply chain. In SHELTER this approach is analysed in the frame of the renovation programmes of social housing operators in 5 countries and applied in practice.

Intelligent Energy Europe
Grant: € 206.678
Role: partner
Principal Researcher: Henk Visscher
Coordinator: Logirep
Duration: 6/2010 to 6/2013


Creation of a Networked Infrastructure for Innovation on Sustainability in the Home Environment that Enables User-Centered Testing and Development in a Living Laboratories and Testing Houses at 5 Locations.

SusLabNWE is an international infrastructure of living labs that enables innovation processes in which users and other actors actively participate. SusLabNWE provides the context in which they can interact with and report on sustainable innovations in the home environment, while sharing practices with other households and stakeholders. These innovation processes are examined using observational techniques.

Interreg IVB
North West Europe
Grant: € 81.647 (50% of 163.295)
Role: partner
Principal Researcher: Ad Straub
Coordinator: TUDelft (Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering)
Duration: 1/2012 to 3/2015

Housing 4.0 Energy

Interreg North West Europe project Housing 4.0 Energy (H4.0E) aims to develop a market for small, affordable near-zero energy homes (NZEHs) by adapting and applying new digital technologies, thus stimulating both consumer and supplier interest. 

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Research programme

Further information about the research programme Housing in a Changing Society.