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The Implementation of Net Zero Energy Buildings in the Netherlands : a qualitative case study on social housing associations

Jonkers, S. (2019) The Implementation of Net Zero Energy Buildings in the Netherlands : a qualitative case study on social housing associations.

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Abstract:Social housing associations (SHAs) in the Netherlands account for 35% of the new residential constructions built each year. This makes the social housing branch an important target group for sustainability ambitions in the building sector. Therefore SHAs recently started to adopt an ambitious and innovative building concept into their housing projects, called a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB), which is highly sustainable because it balances its energy consumption out by producing at least similar amounts of renewable energy. Still many SHAs, however, decide not to build with the concept. This studies aim is to find what factors contribute and hamper the implementation of the concept by SHAs. A multiple case study is performed among SHAs that have implemented the concept into a housing project and with SHAs that have not. The Contextual Interaction Theory is used as a framework to analyse the decision-making process of SHAs. The results indicated that the implementation of NZEBs is especially dependent on location and cognitions of the SHA. Furthermore network involvement and governmental policies contribute to the implementation of NZEBs. The novelty of NZEB technologies and the lack of feasible financial schemes seem to slow down SHAs in their application of the concept.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77484
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