Develop sustainability programs for real estate portfolios

In the Netherlands, two major transitions are underway in the built environment. The energy transition and the circular transition are currently taking place. The energy transition has already started cautiously with the arrival of building decree regulations on insulation, airtightness and energy performance. Agreements have also been concluded between the government and market parties to reduce energy consumption and to use renewable sources more. As a result, steps have been taken to improve the energy performance, but also in some cases the comfort of buildings.

The circular transition has only started more recently, but there are already more than a hundred definitions of a circular economy available. The Dutch government has formulated three objectives to make our economy circular as quickly as possible (http//www.rijksoverheid.nl, 30-03-2021);

  • Existing production processes make more efficient use of raw materials, so that fewer raw materials are needed;
  • When new raw materials are needed, sustainable, renewable (inexhaustible) and generally available raw materials are used as much as possible. This makes the Netherlands less dependent on fossil sources and it is better for the environment;
  • Develop new production methods and design new products circularly.

Buildings have a significant impact on the environment. This is largely due to their energy use and material use. However, sustainability can go even further than just the use of energy and materials; in a sense, it also often expresses the overall quality of a building. For example, how satisfied are the users of a building? What maintenance is needed? How good is the air quality and is there pleasant light to update or recreate? In short, sustainability is broad and the National Institute for Guidance and Advice on Sound Insulation, NIBAG for short, is looking for how to develop service and product programmes for real estate portfolios on various sustainability themes.

NIBAG was founded in 1984. This director in housing has been working on a good indoor environment ever since; not only in terms of noise, but nowadays also in terms of energy use, safety, sustainability and maintenance, etc. An important part of NIBAG’s services concerns the development of long-term maintenance plans (MJOPs) for a diverse customer base. NIBAG also sees new challenges in terms of sustainability and wishes to be able to offer new services in this area.

The objective is therefore to: The development of new research-driven programmes to make real estate portfolios within NIBAG’s clientele more sustainable.

Cluster: Buildings, infrastructure and data

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):