Learn how to improve the energy efficiency of dwellings through the successful implementation of sustainable renovations that involve all stakeholders.

To address climate change, the world needs to drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels. The construction sector is one of the biggest producers of CO2 emissions. One of the best ways of reducing the amount of energy used by households is by integrating energy efficient improvements in housing renovation schemes. This course is unique because it focuses on the needs and attitudes of different stakeholders. Their collaboration can make or break the implementation of such measures.

Is this course for you?

Professionals and consultants working for housing providers, architects, construction companies, or municipalities can immediately apply the knowledge and skills they gain on the course to sustainable housing renovations. Technology and finance are important, but successful collaboration in renovation processes is a third essential factor. It is one that is often neglected but is vital in achieving ambitious climate goals. Projects often fail because they are too focused on technical and financial aspects. In this course, you will use insights from the behavioural sciences to plan more ambitious energy retrofits through merging the interests of all stakeholders involved.

Creating a sustainable housing stock is a worldwide challenge. The way this challenge is addressed differs from country to country. By using energy efficient refurbishment examples from the Netherlands as conversation starters, professionals are stimulated to share and discuss experiences from their own countries. The course design triggers a lively dialogue among participants in which practices and experiences are compared and contrasted. Examples used will be mainly from Europe and North America, but the course is open to participants from all countries.

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Use communication and collaboration skills to successfully facilitate energy friendly renovation processes
  • Identify what is important for residents when it comes to an energy efficient renovation
  • Determine the most suitable ambition level and renovation strategies for your sustainable housing project
  • Understand and better deal with the multiple perspectives of the stakeholders involved. e.g. residents, housing providers, policymakers and construction companies
  • Apply a 'total lifecycle costs' perspective and identify appropriate financial models.

The course is not just about increased knowledge; you will have the opportunity to interact with peers from different countries and institutions; you will receive feedback from lecturers, and you can integrate your personal learning goals into the case study you develop as a part of this course.

This course is delivered by experts from the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and was shortlisted in 2016 for the prestigious Wharton Education Innovation prize.

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Last updated March 11, 2019
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