It's possible to make existing houses energy neutral. But it is not solely a matter of taking smart measures: it also depends on the behavior and attitude of citizens. This night we discuss with you and experts these key elements in making the existing housing stock energy neutral. What is needed to organise positive participation of you, the resident? What kind of incentives work? How could housing corporations trigger residents to actually use sustainable interventions in their home?
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Amsterdam is in need of new kind of houses. Houses using as little energy as possible or better still, houses producing energy. The existing housing stock is responsible for about 30 percent of the CO2-emissions. On top of this, people are looking at higher energy bills as prices are rising.
Most homeowners are aware of the advantages of insulating their property. But money proves an important obstacle. Improve the energy label of your home by two levels requires an investment of around 7.000 to 10.000 euro. Housing corporations are also willing to save energy, but they encounter lack of finances and co-operation of their tenants. Thereby, residents need to change their lifestyle when maintaining an energy-saving house. Because when heating a home is less expensive, people tend to be less aware – they might leave windows open with the heater on.
It’s clear: the behavior and attitude of tenants and other residents are key in making existing houses energy neutral. We have invited experts to reflect on this: a researcher of TU Delft, a managing director of a housing corporation and a psychologist. Furthermore, we present the outcomes of a young professional think tank hosted bij the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). For the past few weeks they’ve been working on smart solutions for improving existing social housing.