Innovation Development for Highly Energy-efficient Housing

Innovation Development for Highly Energy-efficient Housing

Opportunities and Challenges Related to the Adoption of Passive Houses

eBook - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
In previous years we have seen a recognition of the significant potential that exists for reducing energy use through innovation in residential buildings. This study investigates innovation challenges and identifies opportunities that could lead to a rapid increase in the adoption of highly energy-efficient housing concepts, particularly that of the passive house. To this end, it exemplifies, interprets and develops the innovation adoption theory through an investigation of views and experiences on the supply side, the demand side and the policy side. It highlights successful innovation trajectories and barriers experienced by businesses. It addresses both problems and positive experiences from the perspective of the end user and investigates different policy approaches. As such, the research reveals important features of innovation-adoption strategies in the building sector. It shows how multi-player enterprise collaboration plays a key role, and the study also recommends the development of quality assurance schemes. It makes a valuable contribution to discussions about how active the role of government policymakers and enterprise networks should be.

Book News
This book on highly energy-efficient housing, especially the passive house, stems from the Delft Center for Sustainable Urban Areas (affiliated with TU Delft, The Netherlands). Offering a special focus on European and especially Dutch policies and markets, it outlines environmental and economic reasons that enterprises, customers, and policymakers should focus on highly energy-efficient housing. The book looks at problems and benefits from the point of view of enterprises and end users, and suggests policies for facilitating collaboration between policymakers and enterprise networks. Appendices overview passive house projects in Belgium and the emergence of a passive house niche network in Belgium and the Netherlands. Includes b&w photos, charts, and process illustrations. There is no subject index. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Delft : Delft University Press, Imprint of IOS Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781614992363
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 422 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: IOS Press


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