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Reduction of CO 2 Emissions in Houses of Historic and Visual Importance


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  • Anke Van Hal

    (Center for Sustainability, Nyenrode Business University, P.O. Box 130, 3620 AC, Breukelen, The Netherlands
    Faculty of Architecture, Department Real Estate & Housing, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5043, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands)

  • Birgit Dulski

    (Center for Sustainability, Nyenrode Business University, P.O. Box 130, 3620 AC, Breukelen, The Netherlands)

  • Anne Marij Postel

    (Center for Sustainability, Nyenrode Business University, P.O. Box 130, 3620 AC, Breukelen, The Netherlands)

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    According to the ‘Climate Programme’ the municipality of Amsterdam has the ambition to reduce the CO 2 emissions within the city limits by 40% in the year 2025 compared to the year 1990. To realize this ambition substantial CO 2 savings have to be realized at the 375,000 current houses in the city. A special challenge is formed by the houses of historic and visual importance, as the implementation of standard energy saving measures may conflict with the ambition to protect their cultural and historic values. Nyenrode Business University was asked to study the possibilities for a successful combination of ambitions in both fields. This article shows an overview of suggestions that focus on the combination of technical and process orientated innovations which can contribute to the acceleration of the reduction of CO 2 emissions in houses of historic and visual importance. The article therefore addresses political and technical as well as financial and process related aspects in implementing energy saving measures in this category of buildings.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 443-460

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:443-460:d:6965

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    Keywords: CO 2 reduction; historic buildings; cultural values; scenic quality; balance between preservation and innovation;

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