By 2030, 70% of all electricity and at least 27% of all energy (electricity, gas and heat) will be generated sustainably. The Netherlands made this agreement with all members of the European Union. By 2050, energy supply needs to be almost completely sustainable and CO2 neutral. A transition to a sustainable energy supply is important to stop climate change, which brings up the topic of our existing housing construction and the changes this requires, but also to innovative new construction.
These solutions need to be found by looking at a different way of building, sustainable cooling, bio diversity, modular and circular construction, and bio-based building, such as applying wood or green rooftops. The common practice is to enhance the existing techniques, installations or materials. At The Green Village, a consortium will just start and learn along the way, which offers a lot of room for acceleration. The various parties find common ground in the fact that they’re all willing to dive into the deep end. Here they can test, improve and demonstrate their innovation in an environment exempt of standard rules and regulations. By doing so in an early stage, we can learn lessons faster and scale up to large-scale application.
Renovating our existing building stock and preparing it for the energy transition is one of the biggest challenges on the Dutch housing market. It’s vital to be more flexible with our real estate. For example, empty office spaces and the high demand for affordable accommodation for starters can balance each other out. By responding to the needs, adaptions need to be made easy and sustainable.